Who would ever have thought that the green empty land alongside the river from Stanley Ferry to Wakefield Waterfront, following the path of The Wakefield Eastern Relief Road is a heritage treasure trove. This is the new City Fields development site and over the next decade the area is going to change considerably.
City Fields is a new neighbourhood just East of Wakefield city centre. The aim is to build approximately 2,500 new homes as well as offer increased leisure, retail and commercial opportunities.
Already new families are moving into properties. Before the area changes too much One to One Development Trust, commissioned by Beam and Wakefield Council, are gathering stories and artifacts about the heritage of City Fields as part of a digital arts project.
We are creating an online archive which will be a repository for lots of information about the City Fields area, both past and present. We will be out and about filming, running arts workshops and talks about what we are doing through Dreaming Streaming.
We are working with Wakefield Museum, West Yorkshire Archives, and the Local Studies at the Library to map out some of the heritage of the site. From Viking long boat remains at Stanley Ferry to more recent heritage of Park Hill Colliery and the Power Station, and gems like a lost canal – it really is an extraordinary area.
Over the next few months we will be running workshops and events gathering memories and researching about the area. We are very pleased to be working with Wakefield Historical Society and members of Outwood Video Group.
There will be opportunities for new City Fields residents to meet up with their neighbours, we will be taking the project into local primary schools, working with groups, and community centres around the periphery of City Fields.
On Monday 20th August we would like to invite anyone who worked at Park Hill Colliery to call in and see us at the Red Shed. From 3.30pm till 6.30pm we will be sharing stories and memories about the Pit and reflecting on how the landscape is changing. There will be tea/ coffee and great cakes.
Then on Tuesday 4th September from 1.30 to 4.00pm we would like to invite people into St Swithuns Community Centre to hear more about the Dreaming Streaming project and the heritage of the City Fields area and its its neighboring communities.
If you are interested in any aspect of the Dreaming Streaming arts and heritage project, then please get in touch. Judi Alston at One to One Development Trust 07901 686142 or email firstname.lastname@example.org You can follow the project on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #DreamingStreaming