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Interactive heritage project makes sense in Hawick

Heritage lovers are being invited to get hands on in Hawick as part of an exciting new interactive exhibition.

Taking place at the Live Borders Heritage Hub, ‘Sensing Place: The Borders and Beyond’ celebrates untold stories and traditions from across the South of Scotland – past and present.

The exhibition is the culmination of screenings, discussions, and skills-sharing workshops taking place across the area as part of the Sensing Place arts project.

Located in the Heritage Hub lobby and public search room the event features rare archive films of the Borders from the National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive, field audio recordings, and items such as notebooks, slides and images sourced from local communities which haven’t been seen publicly before.

Visitors will be encouraged to interact with the artefacts by trying out handheld slide viewers and sharing their own stories inspired by the objects on display.

Storyteller Jean Edmiston, film curator Lydia Beilby and filmmaker Anne-Marie Copestake have been commissioned, as part of the project, to bring together both spoken word and cinematic storytelling through a series of community workshops and screening events across the Scottish Borders, Dumfries & Galloway and East Ayrshire.

Lydia Beilby said: “The exhibition offers a mix of Hawick-specific material as well as more general material about Southern Scotland.

“This relates to a big theme we’ve been exploring with people throughout the project: an understanding of place created through the personal connections, communities and subcultures that we form ourselves around, making the concept of place more expansive and broad than simply a geographical location.”

Shona Thomson, Creative Producer and co-project lead added: “We’re delighted to be collaborating with the Heritage Hub team at Live Borders on this very special exhibition.

“It has developed from workshops that have taken place across Southern Scotland and in Hawick with members of the Creative Arts Business Network as well as the Alchemy Film & Arts Moving Image Makers Collective.  It gives a rare glimpse into the rich heritage of the area and the hidden stories we all hold and can share.”

Ewan Jackson, chief executive, local charity Live Borders, commented: “This is an exciting opportunity for local people to get involved in a national project.

“The Heritage Hub team work hard to involve everyone and believe collections should be accessible to all. They are always looking for new ways to bring archives to life for different audiences and I believe that this new exhibition does just that.”

Sensing Place, supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland, is part of BFI Britain on Film.

Sensing Place: The Borders and Beyond is on display in the Heritage Hub, Kirkstile, Hawick, TD9 0AE until Thursday 1st December. For details on opening times, go to: www.liveborders.org.uk/heartofhawick

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