An in­spi­ra­tion

Lancashire Life - - COMPETITIO­N -

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’

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