Young people from the Real Actors Workshop (RAW) Academy joined us to learn about oral history.
As well as learning camera and interview skills, nine students came to our borough museum to learn more about local history.
They had a chance to look at lots of different types of historical documents, and used these to create questions they could ask local residents.
Lights! Camera! Action!
Our volunteer programme got off to a flying start during the February half term, when nine young volunteers helped document the changes at the church building site. We enjoyed a research trip to Vestry House Museum and Archives to learn about our local history and heritage. As well as filming the ongoing building work, we used oral history interviews to record the stories and memories of nine local people, who volunteered their time and even donated their old photographs to our project. Many of those we spoke to enjoyed the opportunity to look around our church on a guided tour from our project manager and site manager. Volunteers from our congregation laid on hot tea, coffee and biscuits and made sure everyone ended up where they needed to go. The day was a great success!
If you would like to help out on future filmmaking sessions to document changes at St Peter-in-the-Forest and our wider community, please fill in our Volunteer Sign-Up Form.
The young people also had special access to our church building site, and the opportunity to learn first hand from our site and project managers.
The volunteers worked in teams to get the most out of the interviews. As well as memories we also archived some fantastic photographs and documents.
After two great days, and nine interviews conducted, the group had done a brilliant job.