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Paganel Archives photos



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 🙂

Almost there !

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 .

Thank you for reading stay tuned for more

Raheem and Lucy 🙂

we’re nearly there!

Art work by students at Four Dwellings

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.

Tia, one of the Four Dwellings curators

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.

One of Four Dwellings's pet turkeys!

Living Forever in the Archives

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

Lights, Camera…Action!

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.

I was very impressed with the professionalism of the groups and looking forward to putting the graphics in the green screen. We shot over 8 hours of interviews so there is a lot of work to do yet!

The interviews have started.

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.


the interview room!


This has been another blog from Raheem. Thank you for reading. Please stay in touch and wait for another blog thank you.

New news on the new library!

The new library located in Birmingam is carrying on with building more and more parts of the libary each day.The progress on the library is rapid and we should hopefully keep involved in the progress from the Birmingham city council library’s website Personally I think the new Birmingham library is going to be awsome.  All of the picturesI have seen make me want to know more about the library.

This has been another blog from Raheem please keep in touch for more.

Group Session on the 14th of November- Waverley school

We have spilt into 4 groups here are the members:

Recorders:Ibrar, Saima, Maryam and Wajid.

Curators:Ishmail, Hasnain, Rafa and Fatima.

Archivists:Khalid, Adeel and Yusuf.

and finally we have the Communicators: Marya, Arbaz and Reyanne.

We would like to say what we have learnt on Monday 14th November at Birmingham Central Library.

The Recording group have learnt a few ways to record information. They learnt how to have a successful interview.They have learnt useful tips for a good interview.

The Archivists have learnt how to put information onto a computer program. The learnt how to sort categories and subcategories.

The Curators have learnt how to describe pictures and to describe the purpose of a picture. They also compared children’s lives today to the past.

The Communicators learnt about blogging and how to advertise an exhibition.

We are looking forward to continueing our project.

Signed: Marya and Reyanne.


Waverley School communicators officially start

On Monday 14th November Waverley School communicating team officially started blogging about the upcoming events and features. The communicators, Arbaz, Marya and Reyanne have now started gathering info and have added to the mind map that Four Dwellings communicators Lucy and Raheem had started.

Here are the updated mindmaps: