Their Past Your Future Phase Two News

Check this page for news stories from projects funded by Their Past Your Future.  This page also features articles from other TPYF partner programmes accross the UK.  If you would like to submit a news story or have an idea for an article please go to the 'Contact Us' section.
Check this page for news stories from projects funded by Their Past Your Future.  This page also features articles from other TPYF partner programmes accross the UK.  If you would like to submit a news story or have an idea for an article please go to the 'Contact Us' section.
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IWM Insite Programme 2009
16 January 2009
InSite professional development programme with Their Past Your Future at the Imperial War Museum.  Is an innovative and exciting professional development for museum professionals involving overseas visits and the chance to visit many historic sites and museums relating to post-1945 Europe and the Cold War.

Participants meet eyewitnesses to events and museum and heritage staff working in the field in order to further their own understanding of the subject and to support their work.

Most expenses for the programme are covered by TPYF. For more details and to download an application form please visit


www.theirpast-yourfuture.org.uk/InSite


Applications close on 27 February 2009.
We Will Remember Them - Wakefield District at War
11 November 2008
A new online archive describes the lives of people from across the Wakefield District who served their country in the great twentieth century conflicts and highlights the momentous effect that war had on families and local communities.

The stories in www.wakefield.gov.uk/remember have been researched and written by local people and family historians whose ancestors lived in the area.  The stories are illustrated with treasured family memorabilia including photographs, postcards and official documents.

November 2008 marks the 90th anniversary of the end of the First World War and this archive enables us to remember individual men and women from the Wakefield district who served but who never reached the end, or at times could not see an end. 

This is movingly portrayed in a letter home to Castleford from a sergeant serving in Egypt in March 1918; “Last night as I sat and watched the shrapnel bursting like fireworks and saw the flashes of our guns, I wondered what would be the finish of it and how long this would last.”

Visitors to the site can also read about a parachute trooper from Pontefract who was sent in a Hamilcar glider to cross the Rhine on 24th March 1945, a Wakefield man who escaped from a prisoner of war camp in Poland and a Royal Engineer from Castleford who served in Italy in 1944 where he developed a love of classical music.

The resource also commemorates the communities and families left behind and often devastated.  Poignant stories are told about a bereaved sister naming her newborn son after her brother, a presentation made to a local hero from Streethouse who won the Military Medal and a widow with a young daughter who, unable to live on a meagre war pension was forced to look for work.

The archive has been made available by Wakefield Libraries and Information Services whose “We Will Remember Them” project was funded by the Big Lottery Fund as part of the Museums Libraries and archives Council’s “Their Past Your Future 2 (TPYF 2) programme.

A selection of the stories will form the basis of two learning journeys on the My Learning website, www.mylearning.org. It is an indispensable resource for Family Historians and a valuable learning resource intended for use by all ages and abilities.

www.wakefield.gov.uk/remember
www.mylearning.org
TPYF Project Explores Tradition Of Two Minutes Silence
10 November 2008
The Two Minutes Silence website is a growing resource of oral history
The Two Minutes Silence website is a growing resource of oral history

A TPYF project called The Two Minute Silence is aiming to capture the thoughts of people as they mark the annual Remembrance Day silence, which marks its 90th anniversary in November 2009.

Created by a small team from the Centre for Oral History Research (COHR) at the University of Huddersfield, in association with the University Archives & Special Collections, the website for the project, www.thetwominutesilence.co.uk, invites thoughts and reflections about any form of conflict around the world.

Whether it is one of the World Wars or a more recent conflict or experiences, the idea is to collate information about conflicts and diasporas including the Indian Partition, the wars in the former Yugoslavia or the Rwandan Genocide.

Organisers hope the project will result in a publicly-accessible archive of original recorded material including a series of personally crafted two-minute reflections. The material will also be shared by the University of Huddersfield Archives website, and for MLA Yorkshire's My Learning website, www.mylearning.org

You can already visit the site and listen to downloads of people talking about their meories of the two minutes silence and other experiences of remembrance.

Anyone interested in contacting and contributing to the project should contact the Centre for Oral History Research, Room WG25, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield HD1 3DH. Tel: 01484-478410 or 478412, email: c.jenkins@hud.ac.uk or s.f.kelly@hud.ac.uk
Beamish Museum uncovers the story of the Birtley Belgians
9 November 2008
Birtley Belgian Refugees with shells made at the munition works circa 1915
Birtley Belgian Refugees with shells made at the munition works circa 1915

Beamish Museum is currently running a Their Past Your Future Phase Two project to help people living in and around Birtley find out more about the Belgian community which lived and worked in the town during the First World War.

The project will involve members of the Birtley community of all ages.  Local school children will be involved as will community members who want to find out more from the fascinating resources at Beamish Museum and Gateshead Library.

On October 4 2008 a launch event was held in Birtley Library to generate interest and an enthusiastic group of locals has now formed to take the project forward.  In the coming weeks the group will be looking at the objects and photographs of Elisabethville that still survive in the region and creating an exhibition that will go on display in and around Birtley.

In the meantime a blog has set up on the {beamish website|www.beamishcollections.com/blogs/view.asp?id=4} where you can find out more about the work of the group.  If anybody would like to take part in the project or share their memories of Elisabethville please get in touch with Beamish Museum on 0191 370 4059 or visit the blog at www.beamishcollections.com 
TPYF uses Radiowaves to spread the message
October 31 2008
TPYF has been using the website www.radiowaves.co.uk to record pupils' responses to battlefield trips and other TPYF related activities
TPYF has been using the website www.radiowaves.co.uk to record pupils' responses to battlefield trips and other TPYF related activities

Radiowaves is a network of over 700 schools and community groups publishing media and blogs online at www.radiowaves.co.uk

TPYF has been using the site to enable children who have undertaken battlefield trips and other activities to record their thoughts and responses at  www.radiowaves.co.uk/TPYF

To get a flavour of the kind of thing that people have contributed, an anecdotal case study was produced for the first TPYF trip looking at how using mobiles and social networking can help widen participation in museum projects.

Interviews with some of the young people and teachers involved can be seen here: www.radiowaves.co.uk/radiohq/article.aspx?lngStoryID=16924

Anyone can access radiowaves but only approved members can contribute ensuring it stays completely safe. Each young person on Radiowaves has their own student page which they can customise www.radiowaves.co.uk/r/Kitty01
Freud Museum brings veterans and pupils together to explore combat stress
October 10 2008
The Freud Museum in partnership with South Camden Community High School and Combat Stress (Ex-Services Mental Health Charity) explored the psychological impact of conflict
The Freud Museum in partnership with South Camden Community High School and Combat Stress (Ex-Services Mental Health Charity) explored the psychological impact of conflict

The Freud Museum in London launched an innovative TPYF funded project in 2008 that explored the psychological impact of conflict called The Archaeology of Conflict: unearthing the psychological.

Working in partnership with South Camden Community School and Combat Stress (Ex-Services Mental Welfare Society) the museum explored this very emotive and difficult project in practical and creative ways.

During March 2008 A-level psychology students participated in a series of challenging workshops to prepare them for recorded interviews with WWII and Falklands War veterans who had suffered combat stress.

As well as gaining insight into the practical applications of psychology the project proved to be an excellent opportunity for intergenerational learning and increased young peoples’ understanding of the diversity and impact of experiences of conflict.

The interviews were conducted with respect and empathy; the personal benefits of the meeting being felt by students and veterans alike. One veteran described the experience as “an added form of therapy” and students described it as an experience they will never forget.

On June 25 2008 a play called Not Yet Nervous by Ben Davies inspired by the unearthed memories from the veterans during the workshops was performed at the Museum.

The whole process of devising, scripting and rehearsing happened in only little over a month of class time, yet the results were impactful and moving. 

Resources including a digital oral archive; GCSE teachers pack for drama and an A-level psychology pack are being created as a result of the project. More details will be available soon on the TPYF website resources page.
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