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Sankey photography project offers free online oral history training with historian Simon Bradley

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN for SIGNAL FILM AND MEDIA’s exciting new training course as part of SEEING THE NORTH WITH SANKEY project. The free Oral History Training Course with Simon Bradley from the Oral History Society starts this November 24th with 3 further sessions running through to January 2020.

Participants will learn about interviewing techniques, why we record oral histories and how oral histories can be used in this COVID-19 age, alongside photographs in the Sankey Family Photographic Collection with the aim to create fantastic, short, sound pieces that will sit alongside the photographs in future exhibitions and the final collection! The course will take place over Zoom on 4 different dates over the winter and be geared towards ‘place-based’ oral history, responding to images found across the Sankey Photography Collection.

The course is FREE and there are twelve places available . Participants will be notified by 16th November to confirm their places on the course. No previous experience is necessary and all levels will be welcomed, though Signal would particularly love to hear from new applicants to the project or to welcome back any who initially showed interest but were unable to continue being involved in the project due to the constraints of lockdown.

Oral History Training Dates:

  • Part 1: Tuesday 24th November, 2pm – 5pm (with break)
  • Part 2: Tuesday 1st December, 2pm – 5pm (with break)
  • Part 3 & 4: Jan 2020 – Times TBC

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about local histories and creative communities and be involved in this exciting project as we uncover the substantial Sankey Family Photographic collection.

To apply or find out more please visit our website or contact Julia (Project Manager) on: [email protected] by 16th November.

Project Manager Julia Parks said: “I think this has been a tough year for a lot of us, so it’s really nice to be able to offer something new to our community with this creative project & hopefully we might interest some new faces to join us. The course leader Simon is lovely and really knows his stuff – so it’s exciting to see what gets created that we can include in the final collection!”

Seeing the North with Sankey is an ongoing, exciting and unique, 2-year heritage photography project which digitised and repacked 15,000 glass plate and acetate negatives and 20 handwritten postcard books produced by Barrow’s own father & son photographers Edward and Raymond Sankey and generously donated by the Sankey family in the hope it will be accessible for the local community and future generations. The collection is believed to be the largest of its kind which documents Barrow comprehensively between the years of 1890 and 1970 & Signal Film & Media would like to thank The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and the Garfield Weston Foundation for their support of this wonderful community project.

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