Rock-n-rolling all night long, running illegal printing presses and the longest strike in history: schoolchildren in Chopwell and East Newcastle have been learning about the past thanks to older people who’ve become digital pioneers. Six local residents have digitised their own photos and pictures they researched at Beamish, using iPads to help share their memories and stories with pupils from Chopwell Primary School. They all then visited places seen in the pictures, and the pupils took new photos, merged them with the archive shots and made videos to tell the stories.
The results will be available for us all to see on a Geostories website where the videos are embedded into the map, linking each location with its history. The project will be launched in a screening at Chopwell Primary School to be followed by a further screening and photo exhibition at the Community Centre on 25th September 4-5.30pm. All welcome!
The participants included members of Chopwell Drama Group, Chopwell Banner Group and a local historian. Their wide-ranging tales included local life from childhood games and village shops through to the 1926 Miners’ Strike. which earned the area the nickname “Little Moscow”.