DIVAcontemporary associate artist Joe Stevens has been working on a digital works (London) Heritage Lottery Funded project – Free Time, Our stories of leisure then and now. A community oral history project studying the changing nature of our leisure time. In partnership with Dorset County Museum, Thomas Hardye School, Dorset History Centre, Dorset Partnership for Older People Programme (POPP), AgeUK, U3A and a community group of volunteers. The volunteer investigators recorded oral histories of our leisure time, hunting out stories that illuminate the past and shine light on our times. The project aims to preserve and capture our everyday memories, to ensure that an important part of our heritage will not be lost. Creating a new archive that will be housed at Dorset History Centre, for future generations to discover the views and feelings of ordinary people through the descriptive accounts of their experience.
Podcast available: http://www.spreaker.com/user/soniccoast/free-time
Exhibition: Dorset County Museum 15th February until 17th May 2014 featuring snippets of the oral history interviews. A GPS App containing the oral history interviews, for the Dorchester and Weymouth areas, will be available later in the year.
Further information: http://www.digital-works.co.uk/news/freetime-exhibition/