Archiving Flood Memories with the Community

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10am-3pm, Monday October 29, Gloucester Archives, Clarence Row, Alvin Street, Gloucester GL1 3DW

Turning personal memories into digital stories is at the heart of the first of a series of events in Gloucestershire for those affected by flooding.

Organised in partnership with Gloucestershire Archives, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded workshops are for members of the public who have documented the flooding and a few places are still available.

Dr Joanne Garde-Hansen, Reader in Media at the University of Gloucestershire, is delivering the workshops with Professor Lindsey McEwen, Professor in Environment Management at the University of the West of England as part of the ESRC funded Sustainable Flood Memories project.

The first event will be held at the Archives in Clarence Row, Alvin Street, Gloucester, and is for Tewkesbury residents.

The workshops will begin with participants exploring resources from Gloucestershire Archives and this part will be filmed by the Student Media Project. Following lunch participants will be able to create their own stories using personal memories and archive materials, either individually or as part of a group.

Dr Garde-Hansen said: “There will then be an opportunity to learn about digital stories to record flood stories, before giving feedback for an evaluation activity. This is a chance for people affected by flooding to not only share their experiences with one another but learn more about digital storytelling, and how they can take advantage of what technology has to offer. We enjoy an excellent relationship with Gloucestershire Archives and this is a further example of how working in partnership can benefit the local community, staff and students.”

The next workshop is for Westgate residents and will be held at the Archives from 10am to 3pm on November 12. The final workshop takes place on November 26, from 10am to 3pm at the Archives and is for Deerhurst residents

Places need to be booked in advance. To find out more, please contact [email protected]

About the University of Gloucestershire

The University of Gloucestershire gained official university status in 2001 but has existed as an educational establishment for nearly 200 years. Our heritage lies in the Mechanics Institutes of the 1830s, with our Francis Close Hall campus founded in 1847 as the Cheltenham Training College.

Today, we have three thriving campuses, Francis Close Hall and The Park in Cheltenham, and Oxstalls in Gloucester, which are occupied by approximately 10,000 students. In 2010, the University invested £5 million in teaching facilities including a new, state-of-the-art media and art and design studios.

The University of Gloucestershire delivers approximately 100 undergraduate course choices including accounting, law, business and management, fine art, TV production, humanities, leisure and tourism, social work and education plus and a diverse range of postgraduate and research degrees, and professional courses.

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Source: University of Gloucestershire

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