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Smithdown secret's out; Museum staff seek memories of iconic street.


A NEW project inviting people to uncover the "secret life" of one of Liverpool's most distinctive streets gets under way this weekend.

The hunt is on for pictures and memories which piece together the social history of Smithdown Road, in Wavertree - and the end result will have a place in the new Museum of Liverpool.

The project is being undertaken by the community history team at National Museums Liverpool.

Smithdown Road is one of four locations which will have a place in the People's City gallery in the new museum when it opens next year.

GO Tomorrow, they will be unveiling a "mini exhibition" and are inviting anyone with a tale to tell about Smithdown to come along and share their stories.

Smithdown visit: It opens at Oomoo Caf and will run throughout September.

There will be special drop-in days starting tomorrow from 10am-4pm, when any old photos of the street can be scanned for possible use in the exhibition and stories recorded.

Another way to contribute is through a special page on Facebook - search for The Secret Life Of Smithdown - where hundreds of people have already recalled their favourite things about the place.

ONLINE share your of Road www.liverpoolecho. The NML team is currently undertaking historical research, using newspapers, trade and street directories, maps and old photographs to discover how the road has changed over time, and continues to change today. Kay Jones, curator of community history for NML, said: "We thought Smithdown is of real importance. It is really well-known to lots of people and it changes quite a lot along its length, and we wanted that different mix."

Lizzy Rogers, community exhibition officer for NML, added: "Generations of families have lived here as well as students, so it really has its own character.

"In the city, it is unlike anywhere else."

Anne Lev, proprietor of one of Smithdown Road's most iconic and long-established businesses, Dafna's Cheesecake Factory, is one of the shopkeepers who has taken part in in-depth interviews for the archives which form a big part of the project.

She said: "I never for a moment thought I would ever end up in a museum, but it is really nice to know the shopkeepers on this street are appreciated."

GO ONLINE To share your memories of Smithdown Road visit: www.liverpoolecho.


PROJECT: Kay Jones, curator of community history; Lizzy Rodgers, community exhibitions officer and Ann Lev, of Dafna's Cheesecake Factory with a poster advertising the project Picture: HOWARD DAVIES/hd030909s
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 4, 2009

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