Journeys launched at the Rockfield Centre
JOURNEYS to the Little Bay – An-t-Òban is the Rockfield Centre’s latest Heritage Lottery-funded oral history project which follows the successful interviews and events project ‘Memories Matter’ in 2016.
Oban Communities Trust has employed a part-time heritage officer, Jamie Yates, who will co-ordinate the Heritage Hunters volunteer group in delivering this project over coming months.
Mr Yates said: ‘ A series of interviews will be conducted with current and former Oban residents to find out more about their lives and what brought them here, be it family ties, employment or otherwise.
‘The intention is also to find out more about the history of transport in the town and how it has impacted on the growth and prosperity of Oban and the surrounding area over the years.
‘These interviews will form part of an evolving archive of Oban history which will be housed at the Rockfield Centre once renovation of the main building has taken place.
‘The aim is to gain further insight into the make-up of the population of Oban and open new doors to its social history and stories which may otherwise have been lost to the sands of time.
‘The project will also collect related images illustrating the theme of Oban: Then and Now and engaging with the public via events and exhibitions linking to the project and developing from the interviews and research conducted.
‘I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join the team at Rockfield and help deliver the Journeys project. I’m looking forward to working with our volunteers who between them possess an incredible wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm for all things Oban.
‘It will be exciting to get the interview schedule up and running and I am honoured to have the chance to be involved with recording and preserving these stories for future generations.’
The Rockfield Centre continues to be a hub of creativity for all ages and abilities with group meetings, workshops and events.
The recent Wurdplay spoken word night hosted by local writer Jamie Livingstone saw a range of talented individuals perform with Glasgow rapper Loki as the star attraction.
The night also saw the launch of the Wurdplay project’s first collection of work, produced in partnership with Hope Kitchen.
‘In the meantime, the Wurdplay writing group meets every Tuesday at Hope Kitchen, from 2.30pm to 4pm.’