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Working Class Oral History Archive seeks participants for new film

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Wesleyan Sunday School Centenary 1906 - Market Square Lancaster
Wesleyan Sunday School Centenary 1906 - Market Square Lancaster
Author: 
Chris Satori

People from Lancaster are invited to be part of a documentary film comparing life now with that of their ancestors 100 years ago.

Film-makers, Tom Differenthal and Jon Randall are appealing for vibrant contributors for their new film inspired by the Elizabeth Roberts Working Class Oral History Archive and have organised an open drop-in session from 10am-2pm at Lancaster Library on March 14.

Tom and Jon are two of several artists brought together by the Lancaster-based arts and heritage company, Mirador, to take part in their latest project – Walking In Others Footsteps – a celebration of  the digitisation of the archive by the Regional Heritage Centre at Lancaster University.

The Elizabeth Roberts Working Class Oral History Archive captured the voices and memories of people in Lancaster, Preston and Barrow from 1890 up until the 1970s.

The film will reflect on everyday life in the North West as it is today and was 100 years ago so Tom and Jon are keen to chat to people about  contemporary life within their communities.

The film will be screened at venues in Lancaster, Preston and Barrow during the spring and summer.

Food, Football & Funerals

There will also be a memory session themed on food, football and funerals for more recent recollections on March 7. The session, entitled Reflections – A Story To Tell, will be led by Steve Fairclough from 10am-12pm and 1-3pm. Steve is keen to hear the stories and memories from today’s Lancaster residents and find out whether attitudes and events of the past can be life training for today.

Anyone interested in the project but who can’t attend any of the sessions can get in touch with Tom and Jon by emailing elizabethrobertsfilm@gmail.com or  join the conversation by searching for Elizabeth Roberts Film on Facebook.

For more information about Walking In Others Footsteps, visit www.miradorarts.co.uk. Follow Mirador on Twitter@Miradorarts and Facebook.com/pages/Mirador

 

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