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Sharing our industrial past

12th January 2016

Digital Voice has worked regularly with people in Winlaton over the last few years, and is delighted to have been approached by a group of keen local historians to create media to share local history.

Over the next few months, many members of the local community will be invited to tell their stories of the rich industrial heritage, including Rapper sword dancing, Crowley’s Crew and lots more. Participants will include relatives of the famous local blacksmith, Coffee Johnny.

Digital Voice is working in partnership with Beamish Museum, Gateshead Council and Winlaton History Society to collect images and make films drawing on anecdotes of Winlaton’s older people and experts on local history.

DV Project Coordinator, Julie Nicholson said: ‘We’re really excited about the opportunity to train local volunteers to research archives, make films and tell these important stories, and we’re very grateful to everyone who’s agreed to get involved. The project will culminate in a community event to screen the films and display archive photos.’