Thursday, 17 February 2011

Day 2 - Avatars and Oral History

Day 2: 17/02/11

Venue: Longhill High School

The aim of the today was to introduce the pupils to the overall aim of the project and to discuss expectations (theirs and mine). Through creating mind maps the participants explored and shared what they knew about WW2 already in preparation for meeting the older people later that morning. They were all really excited about hearing first hand experiences of WW2 (so the older people don’t need to worry about interest!). They also prepared some questions to ask the older people. When the older people arrived we all had tea and introduced ourselves. I introduced the “Memory Box” – a red index card holder which contains blank index cards – as a group exercise we all wrote down memories - the young people could write anything – the older people had to write down an image related to a memory of WW2. After everyone had written their memory down we swapped cards and read each other’s out. This was followed by the young people interviewing the older people and recording some oral histories. In the afternoon the pupils worked on developing character ideas – thinking about clothing, names and jobs/roles etc for the avatars provided by Corporation Pop using collage and text. (see images)

Monday, 14 February 2011

Day 1 - Tea and Cake

Day 1: 14/02/11

Venue: Lighthouse

Today I met the fantastic group of older people involved in Past/Present for the first time to introduce the project. This involved drinking tea, eating cake, looking at some of the archive footage and talking about our expectations or concerns about the project before meeting the young people on thursday. The older people were all very interested in knowing more about the young people they are going to meet on Thursday and some of them had concerns about whether they would be interested. We looked at some of the archive footage and I wished I started recording – some really interesting anecdotes coming out already. Also showed them some of the images created by Corporation Pop and already they've contributed some interesting thoughts - when shown the images of the street and car many of them commented on how you would have had to have been pretty well off to have such a car - Rod told a story about car spotting with a friend - sitting by the roadside waiting to see a car - he would wait for hours to see one.