Hello blog viewers! Tonight at 5 o’clock at the birmingham museum and art gallery we will be opening our exhibition. During this exhibition there will be speeches, which have been written by the year 8 pupils who have taken part from Four Dwellings High School and Waverly School.
Last week some pupils from both of our schools went and had a look at our exhibition so far. We saw how it was being developed and how it all will come together as one big exhibition. When we went and saw it we didnt think it was going to be ready for today but we are sure it will be finished in time. We hope you will be able to attend the exhibition. Thankyou for reading all our blogs and Thankyou to all the staff who have supported us throughout this project. Without all of your support we wouldn’t be able to produce this exhibition.
This is another blog from Lucy and Raheem 🙂
Today we are here to talk about our progress in our children’s life project. So far we have taken pictures, made blogs, recorded footage and interviewed people. We have almost completed all of our tasks which is leading up to the GRAND OPENING of the new exhibit in the archive .
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Raheem and Lucy 🙂
Hello today we are going to talk about Four Dwellings High school and Waverley school working to make everything go together. The launch is on 22 march 2012.
Everybody involved in the children’s life project has their own part in our making of the archive. Four Dwellings High school are going to explain the project at assemblies this week.
Later this week the curators and recorders from both schools are going to meet with the designers from a company called 24design.
This has been another blog from Raheem, Lucy and Herikles.
Yesterday was the third time I’d met the young people from Four Dwellings and Waverley Road. I’ve been working with the Archivists group and I’ve been really impressed with the ideas that they have come up with – not to mention the new approaches to collecting that they have thought of.
Their awareness of the difficulties of deciding what to keep as an archive, and what will tell people now and in the future about what is important to them has been a nice experience for me. I was particularly struck by the view expressed by some that they wanted this opportunity to record for history the positives about young people today – to address the imbalance in the representations of young people in the press etc.
They also talked about how it can be hard to get people to put things in an archive, when people want to hold on to them – because they do mean something to them – which is a problematic part of my job too. Their campaigns to get people to add things to the archive are well under way though, with appeals in assembly, posters put up around the schools asking for contributions and the latest idea is to build up a scrap book that everyone can put something in of themselves that they would like preserved forever.
Archivist at Birmingham Archives & Heritage
This post comes from Sima Gonsai, a filmmaker who has been working with the young people from Four Dwellings High and Waverley School on this project.
The filming days were really successful, we managed to gather interviews from all the allocated pupils and they shared their stories about the six themes, ranging from 20 to 60 mins. To record the interviews we set a green screen studio, which consisted of lots of equipment. Overall we had a large green screen, five stands, three lights, a tripod, camera and radio mics. We used a green screen because we wanted to be able to insert photographs behind the interviewees, exactly the same effect as you see on TV and the weather. It was quite a transformation to see an ordinary room being turned as a TV studio, I thought it looked very professional.
The recorders sat next to my camera and asked their questions whilst I filmed the interviews. My aim was to make sure the sound was sharp and that each interview was filmed using a variety of shots such as close-ups, slow zooms and wide-shots. Using different shots makes the interviews more engaging and helps the audience follow what is being said.
The recorders grew in confidence by the end of the week and even started to use their own questions to prompt more answers. Pupils answered the questions as best as they could, I can imagine it was quite nerve wracking in front of all those bright lights and people! We tried different interview techniques such as asking questions, having a conversation and describing experiences like a diary entry. Overall we got an abundance of stories about home life, school, hobbies, family life etc.
On Thursday the 1st of December the Four Dwellings high school year 8 students recorded their interviews on what it is like to be a 21st century child. The interviews went very well from my point of view. The recorders did a great job and succesfully managed to edit and create our interviews.
This has been another blog from Raheem. Thank you for reading. Please stay in touch and wait for another blog thank you.