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Animating history - sounds good to us

Local children are being given a chance to bring history to life thanks to an innovative project being brought to the region by our Archives and Local History Service.

Working in partnership with digital learning resource Scran and the National Library of Scotland’s Connecting Scotland’s Sounds project, funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Sounding Borders will begin with two FREE workshops at Hawick Library aimed at encouraging children and their families to create a short stop-motion animation in response to recordings.

The range of creative responses will then feature alongside archive recordings on an interactive online map.

Amy McDonald from Connecting Scotland’s Sounds said: “We’re thrilled that children will get the chance to listen to voices from the past and create animations inspired by these with animator Simone Russell.

“We can’t wait to see their own insights into recordings of Borders life stories.”

Our Archives and Local History Service cares for a considerable collection of oral history recordings and has experience in their collection, conservation and use. These include the Ian Landles Recordings, the Memory Bank and the DIGBY project.

Many of these records are digitally available through the www.scran.ac.uk, which can be accessed free in all Live Borders Libraries. As well as continuing to collect oral histories the Heritage Hub is always looking for new and creative ways to use existing recordings.

Ewan Jackson, Chief Executive Live Borders, added: “This project aims to connect new audiences with Scotland’s sound heritage and inspire communities to learn about and enjoy their local oral history collections.”

The workshops will take place in Hawick Library on Monday, February 13 (5-7 years) 9.45am – 12.30pm and Tuesday, February 14 (8-12years) 9.45am – 12.30pm.

Places are free but must be booked in advance by contacting Hawick Library North Bridge Street, Hawick TD9 9QT.
T: 01450 364640 | E: libhawick@liveborders1.org.uk

More information on Connecting Scotland’s Sounds can be found at www.scotlandssounds.org


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