My colleague Hannah Niblett and I, seem to have made it on to the conference circuit, sharing our insight of community-led work in museums and archives. Yesterday we presented a paper ‘Coming in from the Cold: Narrowing the Gap between Community Engagement and Collection Development’ to delegates at the DCDC National Archives Conference. It seemed to be well received, with much debate afterwards, around issues of authorship, ownership and access to historical narratives.

I also had the pleasure of chairing a session the previous day, exploring issues relating to the preservation and interpretation of memories of conflict. (A subject close to my heart when I have time to practice as an artist.) I’m so thankful for opportunities such as these, to learn new things and consider new ideas.

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Heritage worker Harriet Morgan-Shami and I had a fun day on Saturday at the Flavours of Hollinwood Festival, Oasis Academy.  We enjoyed chatting to people for the Limehurst heritage project – A View from Crime Lake – about all kinds of things including; the estate’s shopping precinct and mobile store, nearby pubs and cinemas, Daisy Nook Fair, mills, factories and jobs as well as social change in the local area. If you have any photos or further memories to share, please get in touch. We particularly enjoyed hearing about getting a ‘mixture’ from the local chippy, known as Dirty Dots!

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Alice and I had a fun weekend together!

dsc_1129.jpgAn interesting morning spent with members of the Connecting Communities Group from Salford. Workshop participants learnt about the dos and don’ts of oral history from me and I learnt about the dos and don’ts of southern African fashion from them. Their current HLF project ‘Slaying African Swag’ explores the fascinating history of dress and hair in 15 countries from pre-colonial times to the present day. I can’t wait to hear more and wish them well on their journey…

I would like young people to have the same opportunities that I did and have the chance to go to art school if they choose.

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Happy holidays!

Last Saturday I ran a workshop for toddlers with my friend and fellow creative, Ciara Leeming.  As part of this year’s inaugural Levenshulme Arts Festival the session was held at the Beehive in Cringle Park to raise awareness and funds for this beloved community hub. In keeping with the venue we made model bees and then painted a garden for them to fly in. Much fun was had by all (especially me). Thanks to everyone who helped to make it happen or took part on the day. Here’s to more arty messiness at the Beehive in future!