Reel Heritage brings archive film alive as a resource for both engagement and education
Reel Heritage is the Digital Heritage Project’s education strand providing dvds and support resource information to teachers and others working in education and reminiscence therapy. To date, two DVD productions have been created: ‘My Generation’ and ‘Our Sporting Lives’. Both DVDs feature archive footage from the UEA’s East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA) which was researched and selected by Norwich HEART’s Digital Heritage Project. Reel Heritage brings archive film alive as a resource for both engagement and education and is also supported by the National Lottery through the BFI and Creative England.
‘My Generation’ is a youth culture DVD that features archive film footage of East Anglia in the 1960s exploring the ‘moral panic’ that challenged authority and gave youths a new identity. As an educational resource it encourages learning and discussion focusing on the post-war evolution of teenagers and the youth subcultures that emerged, in particular the Mods and Rockers.
Voiced by comedian and actor, Arthur Smith, ‘My Generation’ runs for twenty minutes and is of interest to educational and youth organisations as well as students with an interest in citizenship, media studies, general studies, sociology and local history, within Key Stage Four and post-16 education.
The DVD includes archive film footage as well as present day interviews with former Mods and Rockers from Great Yarmouth and Clacton who shared their memories of leather jackets, motorbikes, Vespas and suits to contribute to the film, as well as interviews with today’s teenagers.
The DVD inside cover offers a number of discussion points that might be raised in the 'classroom' from viewing 'My Generation' and the interviews.
Downloadable PDF's are available from HEART's www.heritagecity.org website which offer more discussion points around the themes:
Find out if you qualify for a FREE COPY of this DVD resource ‘My Generation’, by getting in touch via the Contact Us page.
'My Generation' will also be screened as part of the Digital Heritage screening events throughout East Anglia. Check the 'News and Events' page for listings.
‘Our Sporting Lives’
Inspired by 2012’s summer of olympic sport, Reel Heritage has been working with AgeUK Suffolk to take a nostalgic look at sporting events in East Anglia caught on camera between 1908 and 1968.
Reel Heritage visited the Foxhall Day Care Centre in Ipswich to screen ‘Our Sporting Lives’ which triggered memories and discussions of sporting days and achievements. These recollections were captured on film and are included in the DVD. One of the many interviewees, Alice Bedford, aged 104, shared her sporting memories including personal recollections of being involved in the 1948 London Olympics.
Long after the cameras were switched off, memories were still being shared and the DVD is to be used in Age UK Centres across the region to encourage engagement, discussion and reminiscence therapy.
‘Our Sporting Lives’ is narrated by British actress Amanda Donohoe and shows people of all ages taking part in company sports days, keep fit classes, river races, village cricket, school sport or simply cheering their team to victory from the terraces.
Foxhall Day Centre Manager Belinda Hynard commented:
“ Our members have really enjoyed being given the opportunity to reminisce about their sporting memories. The activity has caused a real buzz in the centre, and people are still talking
about it. Because of the DVD we will be able to share the memories with new
members and keep the enthusiasm going. It has been a wonderful opportunity for
'Our Sporting Lives' will also be screened as part of the Digital Heritage screening events throughout East Anglia. Check the 'News and Events' page for listings.
FREE DVD resources are available to registered Care Homes in the region. Please use the Contact Us page to register your interest.