We have worked with many different communities, typically but not always; in areas of deprivation where people often feel powerless and where their voice goes unheard by the decision makers in their area. Our projects have not only given these communities a voice, but also raised the self-esteem and confidence of the individual and collective group. These projects work best when carried out in partnership with organisations who are already working in and are trusted by a community.
A brand new play ‘Parachute Pants’, which shared the war-time reminiscences , was performed the Palace Theatre.
The play was well received by the audience, including the interviewees who were invited to attend.
“It was a very enjoyable afternoon. The elderly residents had a great time and it also taught the students what it was to live in war time. It was a truly great way to bring the different age groups together for an afternoon of laughter and education.” Mayor – Cllr Anita Clayton.
Engineering the Past
The project focused on the oral history of the industrial heritage of Redditch 1939-1964. This period was immediately before a major change to the town’s industry when in 1964 it was designated as a New Town. The year 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of this significant event, the project was programmed to dovetail with events in the community to celebrate this milestone and hence maximise opportunities for sharing the findings.
“The training workshops worked well and the project retained volunteers who attended and who went onto interview local people to record their memories of working in various industries.” Archive & Archeology Service, WCC
Redditch - the Start of Something Big
Redditch 1964 – the Start of Something Big’ was an oral history project which focused on the heritage of Redditch as it became a new town between 1964 and 1989.The overarching aim was to engage people in their local heritage; collecting, preserving, interpreting and sharing local heritage through the capturing of memories through inter-generational recordings and showcasing these in community hubs, local schools and through community events.
“Jestaminute have delivered the project professionally throughout despite at times unexpected personal and professional challenges. The experience and knowledge of the previous HLF project has allowed Jestaminute to deliver this project with greater ambition, confidence and vision. I have been particularly impressed by their professional delivery of the project and their resolve at managing challenges along the way. The school and Palace Theatre events were both excellent, with many favourable comments from those attending.”
Redditch Borough Council Steering Group Representative