AN exhibition will give people the chance to travel back in time and recapture their school days.

The Horwich Heritage Society is kicking off its open day programme for the year on Saturday, March 15, with the exhibition of school memories of the 1940s and 1950s.

For some time, the team has been asking people living in the area to submit any photographs, artefacts or memorabilia charting their school experiences during that period.

The feature year of the exhibition will be 1953 — a year that saw Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay climb Everest, the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and Blackpool overcome Bolton in what is regarded as one of the greatest cup finals of all time.

Chairman of the society, Stuart Whittle said: “With the post-war generations getting older, it is timely to reflect on how much life has changed since our childhood.

“Since asking for memories of that time, we have been impressed with the contributions our members have made including two members who submitted whole booklets which we will be launching on the day.

“There is something about childhood which provokes such vivid memories so that many individuals have been able to remember every name on a school photograph, what was on at the cinema, where they went on holiday and what they did.

We hope to capture that feeling in this exhibition which will run until May.”

The open day will run from 10am until 1pm at the centre in Longworth Road, Horwich.

Anyone who would like to contribute with their own memories, photographs or items can contact Mr Whittle on 01204 847797.

You can see more old photos in our Looking Back section here.