Memory Box – Phase 2
My involvement in Phase 2 of the Memory Box project is coming to an end and so I thought it would be a good time to update you all on how the workshops I delivered went and to share the stories that were produced in Phase 2.
Following on from a successful Phase 1 (see my first blog post about this project here), I delivered a final set of workshops, this time at Walker Library. Over a six-week period a small group of us met in the library and shared stories of Old Newcastle. What was really helpful to introduce the group to the project this time was that we now had the completed and launched app available to show the group example stories made during Phase 1. It also gave the group something to play around with when they first started using the iPads. The app looks really professional and has had more than 1000 downloads since it was launched a few months ago. It can be downloaded from the Memory Box website and through the Apple app store. It is currently only available for iPad and iPhone but for people who do not have access to these devices, the stories can still be viewed on the website.
As part of the project we were again able to access the extensive archival collections in the stores at Newcastle City Libraries. The group met staff at the Library and were shown around the extensive collections held by the library and also used the visit to gather visual material for their stories.
As always, no two stories were the same and through a number of different story circle activities and group discussions, four fab stories were produced. Alice’s story is called “My sister and I”. With weddings always taking place on Saturdays, Alice and her sister as children would go along to the local church. There they’d wait in eager anticipation for a glimpse of the wedding party, and an exciting added bonus.
In order to capture participants thoughts, feelings and comments about their learning journey over the six week workshop I used the reflections books again which helped capture evaluation evidence for stakeholders, but it also helped me reflect on the way I was delivering the workshops and whether I needed to adapt the sessions as a result of the comments.
As part of my involvement in the project during Phase 2, I also delivered training to Flo-Culture staff and tutors at Newcastle City Learning who will be delivering the remaining Phase 2 and Phase 3 workshops with their own groups.
It’s been a pleasure and very exciting to take part in this project with Flo-Culture and I look forward to seeing how the app and its contents from the Newcastle City Learning projects develop.
To view all the stories that I facilitated as part of Phase 2 check them out here.