Bolton Museum is calling out for photographs, objects and personal stories about growing up in the town for a new exhibition opening this summer.

The exhibition will explore how the experience of being a child and teenager has changed over the past 100 years.

And the museum needs your help to tell that story.

Curators are particularly keen to collect toys from the 1950s-1990s.

A spokesman for the museum said: "Amazingly, there is not a single teddy bear in the museum collection. Do you have a much-loved teddy bear with a great story associated with it? Or perhaps you have a toy that screams out the “1960s” or “1980s”? They are also looking for comics from the 1950s-1980s – for example, The Beano, The Dandy, Eagle or Judy."

The museum also love to hear from people who have any objects, photographs or stories relating to youth culture in Bolton.

"Were you a teenage Mod, Punk or raver? Do you have any music posters, band t-shirts, badges, flyers for gigs or club nights? You can send offers of objects, photos or your story to the collections team at the museum: You can also call them on: 01204 332853," said a spokesman.

If you have a story to tell about being young in Bolton,  the museum will arrange a phone call or an in person meeting and record your memories.

The exhibition, Starting Out: an exhibition about growing up in Bolton, opens on  July 16 2022.

  • Tomorrow (Friday) the library will be holding an Author event: Class of '37 with authors Hester Barron and Claire Langhamer launching the paperback edition of their acclaimed history of girls growing up in 1930s Bolton at the Central Library. Inspired by the lives and writings of pupils at Pikes Lane Elementary School in Bolton, the authors will explore the background to “this wonderful rear-view glimpse of [a] vanishing world”.

The event will also feature a specially made film of current pupils from Pikes Lane Primary School readings writings by the girls in the 1930s as well as creative pieces they have written.

The event will take pace from  1pm to 2pm Lecture Theatre, Bolton Central Library and Museum, Le Mans Crescent, Bolton Book your free place via Eventbrite: