A trip down memory lane

6 February 2017

A skiffle band at the summer fete in the 1950sThe people of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire are being invited to take a trip down memory lane at a photography exhibition tracing the fascinating history of a care home in the region, right back to the 1950s.

People from across these three counties came together to start fundraising for Staunton Harold Hall care home in North West Leicestershire, to be run by leading charity Leonard Cheshire Disability, in the 1950s.

By 1955, the home was the fifth Leonard Cheshire home to open in the country, as a result of many kind donations.

Archive photography from this historic care home will be on display at a free exhibition at the Sharpe’s Pottery Museum for an entire month, from 6 February to 6 March.

The photos are showcased alongside a never been seen film of the charity’s founder and war hero Leonard Cheshire talking about the early years at Staunton Harold Hall.

The hall was previously owned by Earl Ferrers, who wanted to sell it to Leonard Cheshire after visiting one of his earliest care homes.

Over the years many local supporters showed their love for the home by contributing to renovations and improvements, however in 1985 residents moved 10 miles away to Newlands House in South Derbyshire, a purpose-built centre.

Leonard Cheshire and Sue Ryder planting a tree at Staunton Harold HallResident Shirley said:

‘I was at Newlands House when Leonard Cheshire officially opened it and I decided that this was where I wanted to live as I had such a good time.

‘I then moved in and have been here ever since.’

One of the people behind the exhibition is Leonard Cheshire Disability volunteer Susan Nield.

She said:

‘This project has been a privilege to work on.

‘It started with showing films of Staunton Harold and Leonard Cheshire and moved on to working with photographs from the archive to produce collages for the exhibition.’

Susan will be providing a special talk on Staunton Harold Hall’s history on Wednesday 8 March at 2pm at the museum.

The photography exhibition has been made possible through Leonard Cheshire Disability’s Rewind Project, an exciting initiative supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which gives people the chance to learn more about the charity’s history and disability in years gone by — through films, photographs and journals.

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