Record Your Stories of Local Buildings Before It's Too Late
As we get older, the community we live in tends to change. Parts that were once popular become neglected or their usgae changes over time. There are so many buildings wherever we live that have already gone, demolished. Then, as the population gets older, memories of those buildings disappear as well. I believe we should all record our memories of those older buildings, before it is too late.
Take the building above, for instance. Once this was the magnificent Grand Hotel, built in the early 1900s by the same contractors that built the municipal baths I'm currently researching. The hotel was still in operation as a pub when I was young in the 1960s, but the accommodation part had been closed. Over the next decade or so the place was closed totally and fell into neglect. Eventually somebody bought it and converted it into a number of trendy cafes downstairs and office spaces upstairs. It's quite a smart corner in town now.
Take a look around you. Are there places that you have strong childhood memories about? Why not write down some of your stories relating to that building. I certainly have plenty relating to the pub above. Personal stories add a magical touch when someone is writing social history. Stories such as yours become really precious. Don't waste time, start writing your stories now.
Image Credit » Personal photo of Val Mills, writer of this article.