Jour­neys launched at the Rock­field Cen­tre

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

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.’

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