It is quite likely that you may recognise Greta Greenslade from Barnstaple Pannier Market where she is quite a fixture, selling her tasty home made fruit pies. We met Greta at her home where she has lived for over 80 years to hear stories of how home life has changed over the years in north Devon. In the resulting oral history film, made for the social history gallery at the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon, we get to know Greta in her home environment, meet her many cats and hear her talk about embroidery, pastry making, 'scald' cream and find out about her 1950s solid fuel Sofono cooking range.
You can watch Greta's film by clicking here and you can now watch this and the other four social history films in the newly renovated Museum in Barnstaple.
We were busy throughout the summer getting to know some wonderful North Devon characters and recording their stories for the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon.
These three oral history films, along with the Shapland and Petter Apprentice film made earlier in the year, will be part of a five film collection representing each of the themes in the new social history gallery in the revamped Museum in Barnstaple.
Film 1 - World of Work - The Shapland & Petter Apprentice (Russell Maynard)
Film 2 - Town & Country - The Village Shop (Michael and Anthony Johns)
Film 3 - Hatched, Matched & Dispatched - The Village Church (Fred and Marjorie Pook)
Film 4 - High Days & Holidays - George the Beadle (George Lovering)
This leaves us with one film to make on the topic of House & Home and we are on the lookout for contributors for this film. We would love to find a north Devon family who have lived in their home for generations. If you know anyone who fits the bill please get in touch by email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone Amanda McCormack on 01271 860610.
Do you have an old family recipe notebook which has been handed down through the generations?
North Devon Moving Image (NDMI) is looking for local contributors for a short oral history documentary film on the topic of House & Home.
Do you treasure Granny's Christmas cake recipe? Do you still use Grandad's carving knife or Great Grandma's pudding bowl? What local recipes are family favourites? We would love to feature a person or family cooking from old hand written (or typed) recipes and see kitchen equipment and artefacts from days gone by as well as old family photos of life back in the day.
The film will be part of a collection on view in the new social history gallery at the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon.
If you would like to be a part of this film or know someone else who might be interested, please get in touch by email to email@example.com or call Amanda McCormack, Creative Director of NDMI on 01271 860610.
We had a fabulous turnout for our Barnstaple Stories oral history day at The Guildhall in Barnstaple. Lots of local people with stories to tell about Barnstaple in days gone by dropped in to talk to us and share their old photographs. It was fascinating to hear personal anecdotes about the railway, local pasties, a street full of dough and buried statues amongst other intriguing tales.
We managed to record over three hours of interviews and will be editing some short films to be shown on the Barnstaple Town Council website and the touch screen display at St Anne's Arts and Community Centre.
We have a growing list of people who were either unable to come to the Guildhall or not able to wait for an interview slot so we are planning to apply for funding to make this a bigger project and preserve even more stories from Barnstaple and other towns and villages in North Devon.
See our Films Page to watch Barnstaple Stories.
North Devon Moving Image (NDMI) is looking for local people to get involved with an oral history film making project about St Anne's Chapel in Barnstaple.
NDMI has been commissioned by St Anne's to produce a digital video archive of stories which build a picture of the people who link St Anne's today with its past.
Amanda McCormack, founder and Director of NDMI says "We want to hear from anyone who is interested in or has links with the history of St Anne's. As well as offering exciting opportunities for volunteers we will be running free and fun, accessible oral history film making workshops as part of the project."
"Our short course will teach people that oral history films can be entertaining as well as informative and we aim to give participants the skills and inspiration to carry on making films themselves."
The project will run from now until October 2014. Research and interviews will cover four main topics; St Anne's today, the recent renovations, The Grammar School and The Huguenots.
So if you have a story to contribute, would like to get involved with research or join a film making workshop please contact Amanda McCormack, North Devon Moving Image by email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01271 860610.
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