Heritage & Culture Warwickshire (HCW) and Orbit Heart of England are looking for people with memories of Warwickshire to take part in an intergenerational project, and share their stories.
Briar Croft an Orbit independent living with care scheme in Stratford will host a number of sessions where people over 55 will have the opportunity to team up with students from Stratford Upon Avon Grammar School For Girls to share their memories of Warwickshire and work with the students to upload their stories on the Our Warwickshire community website.
The first session will take place on 24th February at 2:00pm, and will see staff from the record office work with both students and residents to help record the results.
Rob Eyre, Senior Archivist at Warwickshire County Record Office, who are leading the partnership with Orbit on behalf of HCW, said "we think the project is a tremendous opportunity to add to the rich variety of stories already on the website. Our Warwickshire is a fantastic chance for people to share their stories with others. We are hoping that people will come along and tell us their memories, that can be anything from visiting the market in years gone by, their school years, or even significant events they remember. What’s important is that we capture the memories important to them!"
Our Warwickshire website will enable people to explore the county’s cultural identity, tell their stories about Warwickshire people, places, landscapes and events and will become a virtual gateway to the County’s rich and diverse cultural heritage. "We would like to broaden the reach of Our Warwickshire, and this is why working with an organisation such as Orbit is so important. Their support for the project has been fantastic."
Simon Lieberman, Community Investment Manager at Orbit Heart of England added "This project provides a fantastic opportunity to meet new people as well as develop digital skills online. We hope that everyone involved will benefit from the opportunities this project brings to increase their social circle and continue to use the internet long after it ends
The Our Warwickshire project marks the beginning of a period of significant change for Heritage & Culture Warwickshire. This includes the physical transformation of Market Hall Museum in Warwick into a location that will represent the cultural hub for Warwickshire’s rich heritage when it re-opens to the public in the autumn.
Anyone over 55 who would like to get involved in these sessions can drop into Briar Croft, Alcester Road, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6PH on 24th February at 2pm. All are welcome and free tea and cake will be provided.
You can find the Our Warwickshire website at http://www.ourwarwickshire.org.uk/