After almost a year of collecting stories of life and change in the West End of Newcastle, Archive for Change is launching an exhibition at the beginning of May, alongside an interactive website where you can view all the film collected & made over the course of the project.
So far the project has had the priviledge of meeting and working with some fantastic people including life-long residents, local campaigners and activists, workers who have built things up and knocked things down, historians & archivists, photographers, filmmakers, older people and youth groups. This has resulted in a mosaic of short films that tells the story of change in the area through their eyes.
Of course this story is not complete- it’s a snapshot of a larger, ongoing story that will continue to evolve and change in years to come, particularly when redevelopment work begins in Scotswood and Benwell.
For this reason, Archive for Change is launching both a physical and online visual archive of stories of change in the West End, with the old and new stories that we have collected and made over the past year as the starting point.
Both the physical and online Archive are designed so that people can add to them in the future and therefore shape this ongoing story. A new interactive website is curently being developed to house the whole collection and allow visitors to view and explore all the stories collected so far.
We will also be celebrating the launch of the Archive with a series of exciting exhibitions and installations in Benwell and Scotswood at the beginning of May- watch this space for more announcements soon!
Archive for Change has completed a cycle of interviews with residents and ex-residents of some of Benwell and Scotswood’s key estates, including ones that are no longer there. We met some amazing people who have shared their stories of life and change in places such as South Benwell, West Benwell Terraces, High Cross and Low Delaval. Facilitated by Judith Green, these interviews will form an invaluable part of the Archive for Change.
Archive for Change recently worked with Elswick resident and keen local archivist, Billy Richardson, to make a film about his memories of Northbourne street- the street he grew up on and was demolished over 7 years ago. The film also traces his work and commitment of documenting the whole demolition process of the street, which he recorded over a 2 year period. Billy is organising an event on the 25th March at Centenary Court (top of West View), from 11am to 3pm that invites people to share Stories of Northbourne Street.
The film will be previewed at this event, as well as at the Archive for Change Launch in May.
The Pink Ladies, a group of young girls from Scotswood, have been taking part in a series of creative filmmaking workshops all through February, collecting stories about life in Scotswood, making experimental videos and learning to creatively VJ with sound and image. The result is a series of beautiful, poetic films put together by the girls, showing images of the area through different times and presenting voices of people from different generations who live in Scotswood.
Archive for Change has completed a series of inter-generational workshops with young people at Pendower, charting the estate’s history on film! Led by a group of young girls, the film traces memories of life on the estate across a number of generations and will be a brilliant addition to the Archive of stories from the West End!