New archive celebrates the spirit of Gateshead estate

by The Gateshead Housing Company & filed under Gateshead Council, News, On your estate.

A major exhibition about the life and times of a Gateshead housing estate is about to go online.

The ‘Chandless Lives’ project celebrated the personal memories and stories of the people who lived on the Chandless Estate in Gateshead, which had been built in the 1960’s and was about to be demolished.

ChandlessModel_A5The project resulted in an exhibition and a book containing work by photographer Sharon Bailey and drawings and paintings by Robert Soden.

Now, a new online resource called ‘Spirit of Chandless’ is about to be launched and former Chandless residents are being invited to join artists Stevie Ronnie and Sharon Bailey to see how their stories and images are displayed within this.

The two artists have collected a wealth of information, stories and photos to create a resource to archive, interpret and capture the heritage of the Chandless area in Gateshead.

The artists will be holding a public Celebration Event at the Caedmon Hall, Gateshead Central Library on Thursday May 21, to celebrate and share the Spirit of Chandless website.

The event will be held between 6pm and 8pm and entry is free.

The Spirit of Chandless project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund ‘Sharing Heritage’ scheme and managed by Gateshead Council’s Arts Development Team.

Photograph above: Teachers and pupils at Prior Street School look at plans for what would eventually become the new Chandless Estate in Central Gateshead.