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Highfields Remembered

Highfields Remembered arose out of Leicestershire's Multicultural Oral and Pictorial Archive Project, a joint venture between Leicestershire Libraries and De Montfort University. The aim of this part of the project was to record reminiscences from people who had lived in the Highfields - an area which has been home to possibly a wider range of cultures than any other area in Leicester over the last 80 years.

An image of an old photo showing bombed out buildingsMore than 50 people were interviewed during the summer of 1994, presenting a mix of different cultures: English, Irish, Polish, Hindu, Sikh, Muslim, and African Caribbean. In addition, nearly a dozen letters were received following an appeal in the local press. The memories of all these people span the years from the First World War to the early 1980s. Extracts were published as a book entitled 'Highfields Remembered'. Some of the contributors to this project gave permission for their reminiscences and photographs to be published on the internet.

It is hoped that interested people, especially students in school, colleges and universities, will download information for reference and academic work.

If you would like to contribute stories or photographs please contact us.

If you would like to swap stories or contact other people with memories of Highfields please see the Facebook page called Birdcages and Bombsites to Moat and Modern.

For more general discussions about local Leicester history, including genealogy see the Leicester Forum Web site.


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