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On The Flats – A History of Hyson Green

The Hyson Green Flats

Firstly, let us get any formalities out of the way – Merry Christmas to all our readers! I hope the post-Christmas-Day preparation frenzy hasn’t left you all in a pit of festive despair. If it has, a few warming cocktails at The Good Elf bar in the Market Square should ease any shopping stresses you may have – you have my word.

Now I don’t think anyone would argue that this lovely city isn’t drenched in a rather vibrant history. However an exhibition currently showing at the Museum of Nottingham Life in Brewhouse Yard is focussing on local memories and memorabilia of the somewhat infamous Hyson Green Flats. For those who are young of the mind – they once stood on the current ASDA site in Hyson Green.

The Hyson Green Flats

“On The Flats” is ran by the Hyson Green History Project and documents residents recounts of growing up and living in the flats.

Within it, you’ll also be able to see “treasures from the Flats including a piece of concrete that was salvaged when the Flats were demolished in 1988, a street sign and a 1970s vibro massager”.

There will also be historical photographs of Hyson Green and information about the flats, including key events like the 1981 Nottingham Riots and ‘Blues’ music parties.

All in all, the exhibit is well worth a trip to in order to see a slice of Nottingham’s modern history before it’s resigned to the record books and distant memories forever.

It runs until January 15th, with the museum being closed on 24, 25, 26 and 27 December 2011 and 1 and 2 January 2012.

For more information on the project, go to

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