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NEWS APPEARS IN THE CURRENT ORAL HISTORY JOURNAL VOL 44 NO:1 APRIL 2016 OF THE MILFORD STREET BRIDGE PROJECT .

THE MILFORD STREET BRIDGE PROJECT IN SALISBURY WON TWO AWARDS FROM THE COMMUNITY ARCHIVE AND HERITAGE GROUP (CAHG ) IN 2015 ,ONE FOR INNOVATION AND THE OVERALL AWARD OF` COMMUNITY ARCHIVE  AND HERITAGE GROUP OF THE YEAR .

THE COMMUNITY HERITAGE AND ARTS PROJECT IS RUN BY THE ST EDMUNDS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION ,AND HAS BEEN EXPLORING THE HISTORY  THE AREA AROUND MILFORD STREET BRIDGE -A LARGE FLYOVER WHICH CARRIES THE CITY`S RING ROAD -FOR SOME TIME .

THE FLYOVER WAS BUILT IN THE EARLY 1970 S AND FOR NEARLY FORTY YEARS ITS BARE CONCRETE WALLS WERE A GIANT EYESORE .IN 2010 WE GOT PERMISSION TO PAINT A MURAL ON ONE OF THE WALLS ,SHOWING LIFE AS IT HAD BEEN IN THE AREA “BEFORE THE BRIDGE “

WE INTERVIEWED MANY PEOPLE WHO HAD LIVED AND WORKED THERE AND COLLECTED A GREAT ARCHIVE OF MEMORIES AND PICTURES .THESE CAN NOW BE ACCESSED ON THE ORGANISATIONS WEBSITE .

RITA JACOB ,WHO HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN THE PROJECT FROM ITS BEGINNING AS A CONTRIBUTOR AND VOLUNTEER ,RECALLS THAT : “ON THE DAY THE PROJECT LAUNCHED AT ST MARTINS I STOOD WITH SOME OLD SCHOOL FRIENDS OPPOSITE THE SITE OF MY HOUSE AND THE PAST HIT ME LIKE A BRICK

PARTICULARLY THE NEEDLESS DESTRUCTION OF THE COMMUNITY IN WHICH I LIVED FOR TWENTY – ONE YEARS .FOR THIS REASON THE PROJECT HAS BEEN AN EMOTIVE AND CARTHARTIC EXPERIENCE ,AND AN OPPORTUNITY TO TALK ABOUT MY CHILDHOOD AND THE NEIGHBOURHOOD I KNEW SO WELL .

MOREOVER ,BEING INVOLVED IN VARIOUS ASPECTS OF OF THE PROJECT ,I LEARNT NEW SKILLS ,AND MET LOVELY PEOPLE ,MY HOUSE ,ALSO LIVING ON IN THE MURAL!LONG MAY IT CONTINUE !”

FURTHER DETAILS: WEBSITE : www.milfordstreetbridgeproject.org.uk

 

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Memory Triggers :Staff Studying and Discussing Old Photographs
Memory Triggers :Staff Studying and Discussing Old Photographs

Writing Captions. Who ,What, Where ,When ,and Why .

An Oral History and Arts training workshop has been undertaken with  Pat Carter for the Open Sight organisation that works with blind and partially sighted people at Eastleigh, in Hampshire.

Pat Carter was the tutor on the Oral History and Arts training workshop held on the 29th August 2012, for staff who will be interviewing people on a huge project to document the history of the charity and the people that Open Sight have supported.The staff included those from Open Sight and the local museum.

The project named Vision of the Past will include recorded first hand accounts of Hampshire residents who have lost their sight since the 1920s .It is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Museum Staff identifying old photographs

Museum Staff identifying old photographs

The organisers will be able to track the  changes in attitudes to disability and advances in technology .Key to this will be evidence of many people who were ,and are ,determined to remain active members of society despite their impairments .A book , C.D. film , and a website will be completed.

The training workshop for the staff included ; what oral history and arts is and how to undertake it , copyright  and interviewing , photography , documents ,and what can be produced .This workshop is informative and practical and it can be undertaken by community groups and organisations who wish to work on projects about themselves and others.

For further information contact Pat Carter .

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