Cheshire Gardens Trust plans people’s pop-up museum at Queen’s Park in Crewe

As part of this year’s Heritage Open Days festival, Cheshire Gardens Trust will be inviting members of the public to visit their free pop-up museum at Queens Park, Crewe on Saturday 16th September.

From 10.30am-4.30pm, Cheshire Gardens Trust will be asking local people to share their memories of Queens Park, and other public parks in and around Crewe. This event is part of the Trust’s work to promote the beauty, significance and importance of our local parks, gardens and other designed landscapes in Cheshire.

Members and volunteers from Cheshire Gardens Trust will be joined by staff and volunteers from the Gardens Trust, Cheshire Archives and the Friends of Queens Park. Visitors of all ages are welcome and will also be able to talk to archivists and garden historians as well as take part in garden games, create a Tudor ‘tussie mussie’ posy, to celebrate herbalist and author John Gerard, born in nearby Nantwich, and even try their hand at a ‘Garden History Lucky Dip’ activity.

Sally Bate, Volunteer Support Officer for the Gardens Trust, said: “We are looking forward to meeting members of the community around Queens Park and sharing in their memories of these incredibly important local green spaces. We often take parks for granted but they can be very vulnerable places that rely on volunteers from all walks of life to help protect them for future generations – we hope the day will inspire people to look at their local parks from a different angle”.

During the event, volunteers from Cheshire Gardens Trust will be recording people’s memories of their favourite Cheshire parks and sharing these in a digital people’s museum that will evolve through the day, demonstrating the important role parks play in all of our lives. It is hoped that some of the memories will be able to add to existing records about public parks or via Historic England’s Missing Pieces Project, helping us all to understand more about what makes our parks so special to local communities.

Do come and take part, and bring along your park-related memories for the volunteers to record. Just look for the Heritage Open Day signs near the park café.

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Painswick Roccoco Gardens, the Red House, Photo © Joab Smith