Over recent months, hundreds in Barrow, Lancaster and Preston have been given a taste of the archive’s stories thanks to Walking In Others Footsteps, a project by the Lancaster arts and heritage company, Mirador. Sound artist Dan Fox from Ulverston, used extracts from the Barrow interviews as inspiration for Voices From The Hood. Visitors to selected venues heard voices from the past while sitting under old fashioned hair dryers.
Local film-makers Tom Diffenthal and Jon Randall produced the warm-hearted documentary film – Give Me Today, Anytime – and contemporary artist, Pippa Hale, explored the theme of play with residents in an area of Preston where interviews were carried out decades ago. Her project culminated with a street party.
Award-winning poet Mandy Coe worked with children and adults to explore everyday life in Lancaster through creative writing and, much like Elizabeth, Steve Fairclough worked in all three towns to recreate an archive for today. He chose three themes – football, food and funerals.
Almost 50 years since it was first conceived, Elizabeth’s archive continues to inspire.
‘Barrow was badly bombed during the war and one of my earliest memories was taking shelter under the dining room table with mum’