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Free families workshop with Mass Observation Archive this Saturday

12thMayRecording the Everyday
Join Mass Observation for a morning of family activities at The Keep archive in Falmer, East Sussex
Saturday 23rd May
10am – 1pm at The Keep
Free. All ages welcome. Refreshments available
Fun activities led by young people exploring how we can record our everyday lives in 2015
Cameraheads; Youth Photography Project
Everyday Childhoods Project
Event part of Mass Observations 12th May Day Diary Project
Mass Observation; an archive of everyday life in Britain

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History on Your Doorstep Project
The Highway, Mouslecoomb, 1930s. Royal Pavillion and Museums, HATMP902055.
An 18 month Heritage Lottery Funded project using The Keep resources is underway!  The project aims to collect contemporary archival material of the local area around the Keep.
This spring History on Your Doorstep is offering FREE oral training to learn how to interview, edit and the ethics of oral history. You will be able to interview and be interviewed and this will contribute to a digital time line, telling the rich history of this area. The training begins on Thursday 23rd April and runs every Thursday.
We are also working with local schools to record the history of Moulsecoomb through local residents.  We are holding a special interview day on Friday 8th May- working with our local secondary school Brighton Aldridge Community Academy.  It’s free to join in, and all interviews will be recorded at The Keep with complimentary afternoon tea from local community café The Bridge.  Transport to and from The Keep can also be provided.
If you would like to contribute, or for more information, email Lynn.Tye@eastsussex.gov.uk or telephone 01273 336506.
How to find us: The Keep, Woollards Way, Brighton, BN1 9BP
Tel: 01273 482349
Recording the Everyday
Join Mass Observation for a morning of family activities at The Keep
Saturday 23rd May
10am – 1pm at The Keep
Free. All ages welcome. Refreshments available

An Anthropology of Ourselves: Exploring Mass Observation for Creative Projects

Strike a Light attended this course some time ago and found it a really rich and creative experience utilising archives in a new and accessible way.

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An Anthropology of Ourselves: Exploring Mass Observation for Creative Projects

Tutor: Dr Sam Carroll

Venue: The Keep

Dates: 7th March, 14th March, 21st March and 28th March 2015

Four day schools on Saturdays, 10am to 3:30pm

Cost £101.35/ £48.35 unwaged or Student

Discover the unique Mass Observation (MO) Archive and its inspirational value both for creative arts and community projects, in the beautiful bespoke setting of The Keep archive. This course will suit writers, photographers, dramatists and anyone with an interest in setting up a creative community enterprise that engages with life history. Throughout this four week course you will be supported in and encouraged to nurture your own ideas for a project.

The course will consist of four day schools each lasting five hours. The first, ‘Introduction to Mass Observation’ uncovers the unique history of the archive with a particular focus on the diaries within the project. As a group we will spend the morning exploring MO’s fascinating origins in the 1930s documentary movement, its revival in the 1980s and issues such as ethics, representation and historical value. The afternoon will be spent working with archive material, where you will explore and discuss original MO materials and reflect on the issues raised in the morning in practice.

The second day school ‘Using MO for Creative Writing’ will introduce you to how writers have made use of MO material as a source of creative inspiration for their work such as novels, theatrical performances and films. The group will then return to work with original archive material in order to start creating their own pieces of work and formulating ideas for potential projects.

Day school three ‘Observing the Masses’ will involve an overview of the role of photography and observation in the early MO project. We will collaboratively explore Humphrey Spender’s Worktown Collection as part of his extraordinary record of working class life in Britain. You will then engage in your own observations in the local area before regrouping, ready to discuss the related issues. By now you will have decided upon a project of your own you might wish to develop further. For the following week you will be asked to prepare a short presentation or poster to share your ideas with the group for constructive discussion.

The final day school ‘Using MO for Developing Community Projects’ will explore how MO techniques can be used within communities to record the history of everyday lives and to utilise the collected resources creatively. We will look at potential ways of funding creative and community projects. You will have the opportunity to share your early ideas and as a group we will consider what might be the most appropriate way forward for each project. Overall the course will provide the students with the opportunity to learn about MO and to use it as a source for inspiration and techniques to work creatively with resources that record everyday lives.

Dr Sam Carroll is a life historian with a range of experience in both the academic and

community arenas across many diverse research projects as tutor, project manager and oral history consultant. She is a community heritage researcher (University of Kent), a steering group member of the Centre for Research in Memory, Narrative and Histories (University of Brighton), a working group member of the Centre for Life History and Life Writing (University of Sussex), on the management committee of QueenSpark Books and a member of the Oral History Society.

Refreshments will be provided but please bring your own lunch

The Keep is an accessible venue

If you wish to enquire further please contact moa@sussex.ac.uk

To register for the course www.massobs.org/events

Mass Observation family event – Domestic Science

Join the Mass Observation Archive on Saturday 1 November 2014 for a very special FREE family event.

Discover the science behind some common household appliances, find out how they have changed how we live at home, and try your hand at some amazing experiments.

How long did it take to wash clothes before we had detergents?
How does a microwave work, and has it changed our meal times?
Why does a record have grooves

They’ll be answering all these questions and more with extracts from the archives and some fantastic science demonstrations. You will even get to make some items to take away with you!

Drop in between 10.30am and 3.00pm and join the fun. Suitable for families, yrs 5+ The event is based at The Keep The Keep, Woollards Way, Brighton, BN1 9BP

 Domestic Science Flyer