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heritagelotteryfundlogoThanks to a £42,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, young people on the Isle of Wight will soon be able to develop the skills and knowledge to become oral historians.

An exciting new project – involving a partnership between the Isle of Wight Council’s Heritage Education Service, Carisbrooke Castle Museum and young people in Years 7, 8 and 9 at the Island Free School – will help to preserve the fascinating stories of Islanders for future generations.

The project will help young people to work with older people in their communities to learn about their local heritage – after being trained by museum staff through a series of workshops in oral history techniques and reminiscence practice.

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They will decide who they would like to interview by exploring partnerships with organisations supporting older people in their communities and using reminiscence as a way to build relationships with older people.

Young people will then share the stories they have uncovered in a variety of innovative ways which could include curating an exhibition, making a documentary, using performing arts and making interviews available in a variety of ways digitally. These will take place in places such as libraries, museums, residential homes, community buildings and schools.

For more information about how you can get involved in the project, call 0781 3021486 or email [email protected] or [email protected].

The project will run from now until the end of September 2017.

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