WRVS Heritage Plus Conference 2010

Read a report of our conference at Sussex University

By Fay Barker

Photo:Lynne Berry, Cheif Executive of WRVS

Lynne Berry, Cheif Executive of WRVS

Photo from WRVS Heritage Plus Archive

Photo:Kirsty Pattrick, Heritage Plus Project Manager

Kirsty Pattrick, Heritage Plus Project Manager

Photo from WRVS Heritage Plus Archive

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'WRVS Heritage Plus Conference 2010' page

Photo from WRVS Heritage Plus Archive

Photo:Craig Muir addresses the conference.

Craig Muir addresses the conference.

Photo from WRVS Heritage Plus Archive

Photo:Fay Barker, WRVS Community Development Manager

Fay Barker, WRVS Community Development Manager

Photo from WRVS Heritage Plus Archive

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'WRVS Heritage Plus Conference 2010' page

Photo from WRVS Heritage Plus Archive

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'WRVS Heritage Plus Conference 2010' page

Photo from WRVS Heritage Plus Archive

Living Memory: Reminiscence, oral history and intergenerational work

Held on Friday 17th September 2010 at Sussex University Conference Centre, Falmer, Brighton

 

This one day conference aimed to promote reminiscence, oral history and intergenerational practice by sharing information on the impact Heritage Plus activities had on older people and their wider communities, and to share good practice and lessons learned from the project.

 

The conference was the culmination of the WRVS Heritage Plus project which has delivered creative heritage related activities in Sussex since 2007. Both the project and conference were funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

 

Over a hundred delegates attended the conference where they heard an inspiring opening address from both Lynne Berry, WRVS Chief Executive and Clare Mackie, Pro Vice Chancellor at University of Sussex .  This was followed by a premier viewing of the Heritage Plus film which demonstrated the strong impact Heritage Plus has had on participants, volunteers and partner organisations.  Afterwards delegates put their questions to a panel of WRVS staff and partners from Sussex University, Social Care and East Sussex Records Office to find out more details about the different aspects of delivering the project, and its impact.

 

After lunch delegates were treated to an unforgettable performance from Heritage Plus participants ‘the Weavers’ before attending their chosen workshops. These workshops included:

 

·       Memories, museums and archives – partnership working in communities.

·       Autobiographical memory.

·       Oral history in the community.

·       Creative ways to document people’s personal and community histories.

·       Bridging the gap through intergenerational and cross cultural practice.

·       Archiving online.

·       Funding workshop on funding streams available to support heritage related activities.

 

Throughout the day delegates were able to view exhibits demonstrating the extensive range of the creative ways Heritage Plus has documented participant’s memories. A broad range of organisations also provided information relating to the heritage sector and older people so throughout the day delegates had the opportunity to network with representatives of these organisations, as well as with each other.

 

“Energy and Ideas”

 

There was a real buzz to the conference, and this has been reflected in the feedback we received from delegates. Over 95% of delegates described the conference as a whole, or elements of the conference, as excellent and many described the day as inspiring – providing them with new ideas, energy and enthusiasm for setting up similar work, as well as new contacts! Comments from delegates included “very inspiring about what is possible and the value of this type of work” and “ What a wonderful conference, I feel so privileged to have been part of it and I can’t wait to show the team the DVD. What a shame the conference isn't an annual event. It was so stimulating” . When asked what people would take away with them from the conference one delegate’s description “energy and ideas!” summed up succinctly the overriding response from delegates.

 

Partners, volunteers and staff attending expressed a strong feeling of pride from being involved with the project, and Heritage Plus participants ‘the Weavers’ were thrilled to perform at the event. Heritage Plus Project Manager Kirsty Pattrick said of the event ‘it was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the work of Heritage Plus, the staff team, volunteers and participants, whilst sharing what we have learnt with others'.

 

Conference materials

 

The WRVS film that was premiered at the conference received great praise from delegates and a DVD of this film, inserted within the Heritage Plus booklet, was distributed to all attending. The majority of delegates felt both the film and booklet were excellent resources.

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