My Generation: Brighouse Baby Boomers: Heritage Project

Arts for Brighouse, with support from a National Lottery grant, created an exciting heritage project, ‘My Generation, Brighouse and Rastrick Baby Boomers – Images, Stories, Objects’. Our Heritage Lottery Funded project focused on shared memories, images and objects from baby boomers who live in Brighouse and Rastrick.

Growing up at a time of huge social change and the growing empowerment of youth, participants born between 1946 and 1964 were invited to choose old photographs from their own album and to bring a 1950s, 60s or 70s object they valued to one of our free workshops. All of our resources were offered to the Local Studies Library who were keen to collate stories from the region.

We uncovered personal stories, and hidden histories by digging out old photo albums, objects kept in dusty cupboards, and at the back of a drawer, ‘My Generation’ shared a ‘snapshot’ of our small market town community, what mattered then and what matters today.

Below are images of those who shared and the objects that sparked shared conversations of memories.

The Brighouse younger generation was also involved. Secondary school pupils, at Brighouse High, worked with an Harriet Lawton during art workshops that responded to the shared stories as well as their own treasured objects, images and stories.

About the Heritage Lottery Fund: Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about – from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk