We have now facilitated 3 Silver Screens sessions, one in each of our care settings. The project is going well – myself and the other volunteers have heard lots of fascinating stories about cinema going in the 40s and 50s..stories of snuggling with sweethearts on the back row, of refusing to leave the cinema during air raids and crushes on Clark Gable!
Each session presents new challenges as each of the environments is made up of lots of different people with different needs. Sometimes we speak to people in groups sometimes one-on-one in their rooms. Some people need leading through the interview – others you can’t stop talking! The volunteers are learning plenty about working with other people regardless of their age, ability and background.
So far, the project has been very rewarding for me personally, as I have been able to see how appreciated we are in the homes and groups. The people we have spoken have started to understand that their stories are important for future generations to hear and learn from. Many of these people, before speaking to us, seemed to think they didn’t have any stories about going to the cinema! We’re really looking forward to meeting more people and hearing more stories.
Over and out,
Bunny Tranter, Administrator and Workshop Leader, Silver Screens.
PRESS RELEASE 21/03/2012
Silver Screens is an exciting new intergenerational, oral history project taking place in care homes and social groups in Dawlish throughout the next six months, facilitated by Promenade Promotions. The workshops will explore participants’ experiences and memories of cinema going in the 1940s and 50s.
A group of volunteers have been recruited from the local area to help Promenade Promotions in delivering the project. The volunteers are retired people from the local area and young people from Young Devon’s Change Academy in Newton Abbot.
The group have learned digital recording and editing skills at Red Rock Learning and Skills
Centre and oral history skills with Folk South West. They will then visit two residential homes and a Saturday Social Group in Dawlish to record of cinema-going and to watch a film together. A 45 minute CD will be made from the sessions and distributed to local schools and museums as a learning resource.
The project is led by Promenade Promotions (Prom-Prom) Limited and supported by The Senior Council of Devon, Time For Life (through Westbank Community Health and Care) and Young Devon. The project is funded by Awards For All (Big Lottery Fund).