We’ve had more animation workshops this summer – see our SuperPig classic!… plus a masterclass in traditional oatcake-making (messy but tasty)… more interviewing of locals with remarkable recollections (stay tuned for more additions to BridgendPWF on Soundcloud… a doubling-down on our editing of existing recordings… the start of plans for a November gathering, Our Changing City (24-25 November - contact me if you’re curious!), setting up workshops with Castlebrae Community High School… further workshops towards our Mosaic Timeline, based on Greater Liberton Heritage Project’s incredible research… and preparing for Doors Open Day on 30 September - we can’t wait to see you there for late 50s/early 60s treats, games and other entertainments, featuring extracts from our informants’ most youthful escapades!
Our volunteers can highly recommend The National Museum of Rural Life, where we got a much clearer sense of how things might have looked at Bridgend in the days of the piggery and of the dairy farm. We loved the Tamworth pigs, the Clydesdale horses, the rare hens (we didn’t check whether they had teeth), petite Ayrshire cattle and a splendid farm cat. They do a fine soup at the café, and the museum is so good we need to go back for further study. But maybe the tractor trip up to the old farmhouse was the best of all, close to milking time and with the opportunity to handle vintage baking implements, wax nostalgic at the retro furnishings throughout the meticulously-preserved house (donated by the Reid family in the 1990s) and chat to superb, dedicated volunteers like George – who were most interested to hear all about Bridgend! Many thanks to Marion Lawton for our educational visit at no charge, and to the wonderful Venchie for minibus transport!
There are new volunteers still joining us and a trip to Whitmuir Organic Farm coming up on 4th September, many events and projects to plan for, plus the usual Tuesday evening meetings at 6pm. We can give you great things to do - join us for more adventures!
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Carol and some of our PW&F group visiting the National Farming Museum
We’re up to 17 history volunteers! This superb team have been carrying out more brilliant interviews. Recently we learnt first-hand how roses were grown at the nursery that used to be here, from Margaret Lowrey, who worked there with her husband. We’re also putting on a series of summertime Family Workshops: How to Record Family Oral History Memories, How to Make a Radio Podcast Interview, Make Art into Animation (using our oral history as inspiration), Make a Mosaic (turning a Bridgend timeline into art - thanks to the researches of Greater Liberton Heritage Group!) and Make the Best Oatcakes (frugal, healthy, delicious)!
The history group are also leading on Doors Open Day (30 Sept), our Storytelling Festival event in partnership with Bridgend Growing Communities (28 Oct) and an exciting autumn weekend gathering/celebration, Our Changing City, with the Patrick Geddes Centre (24-25 November). This last one will look at the role oral history, identify and culture can play in the community development of land and assets today, and will include the outcomes of this project. We hope you’ll want to get involved in all of these.
Not to mention planning for our final publication, digital map, film and mini-museum… phew! Come along on Tuesdays, 6 pm at the Farmhouse to meet us.
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Reaching the halfway mark in this project is the perfect moment to pause and reflect.
When we launched Place, Work and Folk with our Heritage Lottery funding last September, we little realised quite how hectic it was going to get by springtime. Thank goodness we had by then recruited more than a dozen volunteers, who had carried out a dozen interviews and several reminiscence groups, before we found ourselves up to our necks in preparations for the Bridgend farmhouse opening day.
I like to think we contributed quite a lot to that, from an exhibition of vintage and recent photos of groups and interviewees we’d worked with, to architect Malcolm Fraser’s compelling talk on his Deere Street researches, to a well-attended Farmhouse Memories event - featuring Bridgend’s last farmers, the Darlings, the Binnie brothers who grew up around the farm in its previous generation, and Bridgend local Mai Smith.
The memories were compelling and the exchanges with the audience during Q & A were stimulating and sometimes cheeky! Watching Harry and Doris, along with Will, declare the farmhouse open that evening was a thrilling and very moving moment, with a tear in more than one eye… We shouldn’t underestimate just what it means to people that this place has been brought back to life in such a glorious way.
The history project participants feel the depth of this, the responsibility for portraying and paying tribute to the many interviewees who have shared generously with us - it’s nothing less than a privilege to do this work. There is much still to do, so please come and take part if you’re inclined… You will be welcomed with open arms.
Place, Work and Folk community history project is going from strength to strength. We were thrilled to be one of the central features of Bridgend’s Launch Party on 24 March, and to meet so many of you there! Our history volunteers hosted an exhibition featuring photography and audio recordings of our interviewees, our volunteer meetings and training, plus Reminiscence Gatherings.
You can hear many of our latest recordings on Soundcloud.
Also centre stage were products of our recent series of Niddrie Mill Primary School workshops, where we taught oral history interviewing and led arts activities inspired by the memories collected. Two collages of the brilliant P5 children’s artwork were the first ever art display to be held in the restored farmhouse and have restored cows and pigs back to the farm!
Please note - we’re looking for more local schools to offer our ready-made workshops in oral history interviewing, animation art and mosaic.
Volunteers also created a wonderful display of vintage pictures scanned from our interviewees’ kindly shared originals. Our work even inspired a poem, Time and Bridgend by local writer Johnni Stanton, read by him at the opening and shared with all who asked for a copy.
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