12th Jul 2013 2:15pm
Aldrich Library, University of Brighton, Mouslecoomb
A Heritage Lottery 'All Our Stories' project.
MA Creative Media Student involvement in Peacehaven Pioneers project
Between March and June 2013, two students from the MA Creative Media course supported the community project Peacehaven Pioneers through video, photography and sound recording.
Ashley Dobson and Zala Jamnik recorded weekly workshops and reminiscence sessions at the Peacehaven library, and made a short film and photographic documentation of the project. The film and photographs were part of their course work for 'MJM07 Participatory Media Production for Social Change', a module run annually by Julia Winckler, Senior Lecturer on the MA Creative Media course, School of Art and Media.
Together with Friends of Downlands Chair Mike Noble, Community Participation Worker Sue Sayers, and Michele Brooker, Librarian Coordinator, Lewes Library, East Sussex County Council, Julia, Ashley and Zala supported the Peacehaven Pioneer project and felt very privileged to meet a large number of mainly elderly Peacehaven residents, keen and willing to share their stories of moving to Peacehaven or having lived there for a long time.
“The photos on view here were all taken between March and May 2013 for the Pioneer project. Through workshops and meetings, we got to know wonderful participants such as Reuben Langham, Margaret Parks, Christine Poplett, Joe Nelson, Jill Hazel, Babs and David and many others, young and old. Through reminiscence sessions and field trips, e.g. to Eastbourne Library we have learned so much more about people’s personal memories of Peacehaven and have been granted access to personal photographs and precious documents. The students were professional and dedicated and it was lovely to see the community group and our students work together. Mike, Sue and Michele have been wonderful to work with. My thanks are also due to the Aldrich library and Liz Davey and her team for hosting a Pioneers event here in July 2013, and to Brian Weaver for helping to put up the great photographs and collages made by Ashley and Zala. ”
Julia Winckler, Senior Lecturer in Photography, MA Creative Media, 2013
“When we first started to plan our project, we knew that one of the requirements of the Heritage Lottery funding that we received was to make a film about the project. Three students from the MJM07 Participatory Media Production for Social Change module were keen to support the project through filming, taking pictures of workshops, interviewing participants and recording sounds.
Ashley Dobson and Zala Jamnik came along to our workshops and meetings, filmed and took still photos and recorded some interviews with project participants. We are delighted with the results and it was a great pleasure to have the enthusiasm of younger people on board. The students were extremely willing, helpful and thoughtful in their support of our project. Their talents brought an extra dimension to our local history discoveries.
Sue Sayers, Community Participation Worker, Friends of Downlands, Peacehaven
Working with the Peacehaven Pioneers has truly been an eye-opening experience as I never imagined finding a little piece of myself in the warm and welcoming environment of the town and its senior residents. The experience made me realize that despite our different backgrounds and experiences, telling stories and sharing parts of our lives can bring people of all ages and ethnicities together and make them feel like one big family. The one thing that stood out for me was the importance of preserving the old ways of life, whether through stories, photographs or landscapes and architecture. It is crucial to maintain a clear image of the heritage for future generations who will live in this area.
Zala Jamnik, MA Creative Media student, MJM07 Participatory Media Production for Social Change Module 2013