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Stories of the World media projects

Two groups supported by Tyne and Wear Archives and museums worked with us to create media as part of an international initiative, Stories of the World.

The young people had the opportunity to get involved in all sections of the film making process and the finished product is excellent

Who Took Part

Two groups supported by Tyne and Wear Archives and museums worked with us to create media as part of an international initiative, Stories of the World.

Purpose

The groups were asked to produce a film which reflected their participation in a museums project. One group, All Points North, supported by the education team at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens visited the stores of the museum and chose artefacts to research, such as Chinese shoes and a Fijian club. The other group, young mums from Gateshead chose to focus on a collection of beads at the Shipley Art Gallery.

What Happened

The Gateshead group were interested in communicating with another group of young mothers in South Africa. They made an animation called ‘Being a Mam’ which reflects the highs and lows of their experiences of motherhood. They even used beads within the animations. The Sunderland group made a factual film about their reactions to the objects.

Results

Both films can be seen below. ‘Being a Mam’ was sent to the group in South Africa so they could see what it was like to have a similar experience in a different country. The groups made an excellent job of their productions, working very hard to create something to be shared with people across the world.

Sharing the Results with Others

In 2012 the UK will welcome the world for the Olympics. This project is to help us understand more about links which already exist in the Museums’ collections and develop links with communities around the world which help us learn more about them, our local communities and also the World Collections. As part of Stories of the World the films will be shown at the museums which supported the groups to produce the films. The Gateshead group also used photostories to evaluate their beadwork project, which can be seen below.

Benefits for Participants

The groups not only developed a greater understanding of the museums they visited but received training in various media techniques and really enjoyed taking part in script development and recording audio.

Client and/or Funder

TWAM funded this project which was supported by North East Refugee Service and Gateshead Young Women’s Outreach Project.

Who Else Would Benefit from this sort of Project?

Creating animations and films is a great teamworking experience for anyone. Skills such as media literacy, story boarding, IT, camera and audio are developed.

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