New project aims to bring Buxton’s history to life

Maypole dancing in the Crescent as part of the well dressing celebrations, 1978.
Maypole dancing in the Crescent as part of the well dressing celebrations, 1978.

A new project to capture Buxton resident’s memories and create an audio and visual archive is to be launched next month.

Buxton’s ‘Present from the Past’ project will capture sound-bites and snap-shots of the town and bring its rich history to life.

The memories and images will help inform the development of the Buxton Crescent and Spa Heritage Experience in the Pump House, be part of the ‘Collections in the Landscape’ project at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, as well as being passed on in tours of the town for local people, visitors and tourists.

The project will also play a part in future research, education and schools projects as well as talks and events at the Crescent.

Community and Volunteer Officer for the Buxton Crescent project, Liz Mackenzie, said: “This is a key moment in Buxton’s history with work to start on the Pump House and main Crescent site soon and a perfect time to reflect on the past and capture precious memories and images.

“This project will unearth and preserve a key archive for many people of all ages to experience and learn from.”

Anyone who is interested in the project or has memories about the town they would like to share is invited to the Buxton Present from the Past Launch event on Thursday December 10 at 10.30am at the Old Hall Hotel.

The informal event will begin with a brief presentation by representatives from project and its partners Buxton Museum, Buxton and District U3A, Discover Buxton and Buxton Crescent. To attend the event or for more details, email