Thursday, 25th July 2013
We celebrated in style yesterday with a wonderful afternoon tea attended by the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Leeds.
Over the last 6 months, a group of ladies who meet every Wednesday (The Midweekers), have been coming to the archive once a month to see items from the collection. The group is organised by Caring Together, a charity that offers advice, support and services to improve the quality of life for older people and to enable them to live independently in their own homes.
Each session had a theme, so we looked at lingerie, accessories, 1950s fashions, suits and workwear, outfits for going out and much more. The aim of the project was to get the ladies talking, sharing the memories that the items brought to mind. Caring Together's Activities Organiser, Sara Allkins, recorded what was said, and created a soundscape from the recordings which was played during our afternoon tea.
We were thrilled to welcome the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress to the archive for the first time. They joined The Midweekers for a tour of the Marks in Time Exhibition, followed by M&S tea and cake and a chat about the project.
It's been a fantastic project, using the collection in a new way, and hopefully we'll be seeing more of The Midweekers before too long!
See the article in the Yorkshire Evening Post here