Friday, 10 July 2009

Common Voices - Past and Present

Common Voices – Past and Present
An Oral History project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is now nearing completion. The project, which compares growing up around Clapham Common from 1948 to 1960 and in 2009, was undertaken by the Year 6 children at Bonneville School and local volunteers. A short film has been made of the project by Big Up Films. There will be a free private screening of this film for all participants and their partners at Clapham Picture House in Venn Street on Thursday 16 July at 10.30 am, followed by a free public screening at 11.30 am on the same day. This will be complemented by an exhibition in the cinema foyer. Places are limited so be sure to reserve your seat by calling 0871 704 2055 in advance.

Monday, 18 May 2009

Common Voices - Past and Present

Heritage Lottery Fund award for a Clapham Oral History project: Common Voices - Past and Present
‘Oral history is spoken history … But at the start is the voice, the original vehicle for the transfer of evidence from human memory to the world‘. The Oral History Society.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded a grant of £38,000 to Big Up Films, a Clapham-based group of film-makers and arts educators, for an exciting project taking place from May to September 2009. The Common Voices Project’s aim is to bring together different generations to capture and compare memories and experiences of growing up around Clapham Common just after World War Two with those of children now.

We are keen to hear from anyone who wishes to take part by:
• Becoming part of a steering group to learn heritage and research skills at Lambeth Archives, attend two Oral History Society training sessions and help with interviews;
• Sharing their post-war memories of living in, or moving to Clapham, and
• Assisting in heritage-themed activities with artists to create lasting works for the community.

The results of the project will be shared with the community to celebrate their diverse heritage in the form of a DVD film accompanied by illustrations and a mixed-media map of Clapham to be created collaboratively by pupils from Bonneville Primary School and volunteers.

We will be holding a Project Launch event at Bonneville Primary School, Bonneville Gardens, London SW9 9LN on 21st May from 4 - 5pm.
Please come along to find out more and ways you can volunteer and get involved.
Bring along any photos, artefacts or mementoes of Clapham from 1948 on. With your permission these could be used in the project and preserved for the future with Lambeth Archives.

Commenting on the award, Tricia Holland, Project Co-ordinator said: ‘We are delighted that this award will enable and inspire different age groups to recreate a vivid picture of post-war Clapham compared with life today and learn a lot from each other in the process’.

For further information, please contact: Tricia Holland, Project Co-ordinator:
T. 0207 720 0695 or E.

Friday, 27 March 2009

We are currently in the process of organising our fundraiser. All the money raised will go straight back into Big Up Films and go towards upgrading our equipment. This is a exciting first for Big Up as we relie solely on outside funding. So look out for updates.

We have just completed a project at the Olive School and are busy with the final edit and preparations for the screening. We are also working on a project with the elderly users of the Alsen Day Centre. They are in the process of documenting their memorys and lives on film. It is a lovely project and although we've only been with them a few weeks we are very excited about the film they are making.