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Things happen, don't they? Some things are so big they make the headlines everywhere. They become part of a shared memory. Some happened recently, some ages ago. Trump. The Miners' Strike. Tiananmen. Punk. Rationing. Partition. The 1966 World Cup. Diana. The Millennium. The Mars Rover. Brexit. Boris. Climate Change. COVID. 

Then there are memories that are particular to you. Things you'll never forget. Things like your earliest memory, or something unexpected, something that shocked you, something dear to your heart, something you did or something you said. Maybe it's a memory you share with your family, your community or everyone in your town.

It might be a small thing that will stay with you forever, a memory that no one else knows about, something you want to forget but can’t, a memory of an amazing person or a special place. Or maybe something else entirely.

509 Arts has a ten year relationship with Theatre in the Mill and the University of Bradford and our current focus is memories and they way they stay with us. And we are going to build a sort of memory bank. We've called it On Reflection and it's all about the ways in which personal memories and the big things that make the news are connected. We're making the On Reflection memory bank into a gallery exhibition in Bradford University for a month from November 13th. And we want to collect memories from lots of different people. People like you. 

This is your chance to share some of those memories. You don't need to write a book. A few sentences for the memory bank will do. 

Take a couple of minutes to collect your thoughts and reflect on what memories from the past have stayed with you, and when you are ready, click next to continue.

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