Routes, Trails and Exploration

Artist Michael Pinsky has been collaborating with Annie Nelson and Chris Woodward from artist collective Yoke to explore the routes and trails throughout City Fields and the surrounding area.

Last month Michael, Annie and Chris devised a Wakefield Wander walking from Stanley Ferry to The Hepworth Wakefield, exploring different routes in between, with a number of different groups including Open Country and local boaters from Stanley Ferry. Annie and Chris were able to build on connections made through their research into the stories past and present of the inland waterways, specifically Stanley Ferry, the culmination of which is currently being exhibited at The Art House and titled ‘Undercurrent’.

 

Michael and Yoke also visited Stanley Grove Primary school to deliver a creative workshop exploring the childrens’ response to City Fields and in order to gain a different perspective of the site they joined David from the Wakefield Cycle Forum on a bike ride through Heath, City Fields and into the city centre.

  

Michael is now in the process of developing a project proposal that combines temporary art interventions and orienteering that engages families and sports enthusiasts. More details coming soon.

Kate Watson
Beam

Celebrating local heritage

We knew that running an event so near to Christmas would be risky – however, despite a few apologies of illness and other clashing events going on, we had a very respectable and lively turn out for Dreaming Streaming’s Christmas event at St Swithuns Centre.

Guests enjoyed mince pies, mulled wine and other refreshments to kick start the evening. We have been busy doing more filming for the project and were pleased to show the latest film with Museum Curator John Whitaker talking about various artefacts the Museum hold from Stanley Ferry. John is always very knowledgeable and brought to attention just what an exciting and interesting heritage the City Fields area holds. We also screened extracts of film from the session with ex-Parkhill Colliers sharing their memories of the pit which once stood proud on the City Fields site.

We ran a local heritage quiz which everyone enjoyed and got some banter going about local landmarks and characters. One of the joys for us at One to One Development Trust, of this project, so far, was being able to repair corrupted digital files from the Eastmoor Archive, some of which will be included in the Dreaming Streaming project. We ran a selection of these as a slideshow and encouraged people to explore who was who – and to start thinking about the importance of preservation as well as gathering local stories for future generations. Musician Joe Kemp provided entertainment and beautifully sung a mix of classic songs and carols.

We are producing an app for this project where we can pin heritage references and create an interactive resource. For a bit of fun and to mark Christmas we decided to bring in some festive visitors using Augmented Reality (AR) – Santa on a Scooter and some Dreaming Streaming Giant Snowmen joined guests for the evening. They enjoyed photo-bombing and proudly displayed their DS-branded festive hats!

   

Cllr Olivia Rowley thanked everyone for coming and spoke up for the other communities around the City Fields area, some of whose representatives couldn’t attend. The Dreaming Streaming project is a good way for people to come together to share their memories of the area whilst creating new friendships, and relationships which will build the future.

One to One Development Trust would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and look forward to seeing you again in the New Year.

Next dates for the diary are:

Remembering the Power Station
January – St Catherines Agbrigg

Workshop in documenting and preserving oral histories
February – The Art House

Dreaming Streaming at the West Yorkshire History Centre

We were very excited to hold the latest Dreaming Streaming event at the West Yorkshire History Centre in Kirkgate. Opened in February 2017, this fantastic building and resource is a great asset for Wakefield.

The History Centre – part of West Yorkshire Archives – are working closely with us at One to One Development Trust alongside Wakefield Museums and Wakefield Libraries to help inform the areas of information we are collecting for the Dreaming Streaming archive. We were delighted that archivist David Morris agreed to do a short talk about the diaries of the Chaplain from Stanley Royd Hospital as part of our Dreaming Streaming event.

  

We set up an exhibition in the foyer of the History Centre with photographic prints on display, the City Fields Masterplan available to look at, and the Dreaming Streaming website-in-progress available to browse on laptops and a very big touch screen. The main attraction was the website’s online archive and mapping application created for the project.

Although it was advertised as a ‘drop in’ nearly all our visitors arrived promptly at 1.30pm. The event drew in new people who had heard about the project as well as different groups who’ve been involved. For many of the visitors it was the first time that they had visited the History Centre; it was great that the The Wakefield Asian Archive Exhibition by Next Generation was also on show for people to see.

We wanted to use this event to really road-test the online archive and app to see how people responded to the technology. The results were very encouraging. Through questionnaires and comments sheets, we gathered over 30 detailed responses to the project and support for its development into a living legacy of the City Fields Development.

  

The session brought people together making new connections – for example, the Pinders Heath Residents’ Group arranging to meet up with the Eastmoor Group. There was also the opportunity to look in detail at the Dreaming Streaming archive-so-far and explore photographs and entries that people could relate to from their area. It was great fun exploring the communities that make up – or are around – City Fields on the interactive map and archive. From the last session at Eastmoor, we have done a lot of work salvaging old photographs from old/corrupt CDs and it was great to be able to share these with participants who attended.

Thank you very much to everyone who attended and to the History Centre for giving us so much support with the project and letting us use the facilities.

The next Dreaming Streaming event will be at Eastmoor Community Project on Wednesday 12th December at 5.30pm and is open to all. We will be showing some films from the project that we’re making, and more new photographic material with lots of interactive local heritage to explore.

I hear a rumour that Eastmoor’s own ‘Pokemon Go’-style Santa maybe making an appearance at this forthcoming event too. 🙂

Celebrating Communities

A significant part of the Dreaming Streaming digital arts and archive project is to work with communities that neighbour onto the City Fields development.

This week we’ve been at the Eastmoor Community Project at St Swithuns. Eastmoor is part of Wakefield East Ward. Situated to the east and south of Wakefield city, this ward incorporates Eastmoor, College Grove, Portobello, Primrose Hill and Northgate. The ward is bounded to the east by the Aire and Calder Navigation.

What immediately strikes you at this Centre is the vibrancy and its obvious reach to the community. The Centre is a place that supports every aspect of a resident’s life from early years provision, lots for young people of different ages, vocational training, community groups to languages and sessions for the elderly. The Centre is also an important venue with excellent facilities that can be booked for organisations wanting to run community or more specialist activities within a central location on an estate.

Eastmoor was one of seven council housing estates in Wakefield that were built after the First World War to house workers for the local mining industry, glass industries, railways and textiles. During the early 1930’s a slum clearance programme got rid of a lot of older properties and shops, changing the face of what had been a more rural area into much larger estate-based community.

The legislation to implement the Right to Buy was passed in the Housing Act 1980. This meant that residents could buy their council houses, and ones that were not bought, were transferred to social housing landlord Wakefield District Housing in 2005, who are still responsible for a lot of properties on the estate.

Over the last few decades the estate has changed considerably, it is now more culturally diverse, a greater range of languages are spoken and the traditional industries offering employment and structure have long since gone. The Community Centre was built on the site of the old St Swithuns Church and works closely with established residents and newer waves of residents on the estate. It is for all these reasons that the heritage of the area is very important to residents who want to share their knowledge of the past with future generations.

In the Dreaming Streaming ‘drop in’ we had an exhibition of archive photos displayed to prompt discussion and interest as people came in, we recorded interviews, established connections between people who had not met for years and managed to salvage some old photos from corrupt CD discs. It was a practical, rewarding and fun session with lovely people.

At One to One Development Trust we have worked with communities across Wakefield for nearly 30 years capturing stories, helping residents/groups reflect on their own community and personal journeys, been a conduit for creating networks and increasing well-being through creative projects.

I never tire of working with people who come alive telling their own stories. Like the volunteer Maureen who has dedicated her life to the Centre and her community, or Val reunited with a photograph she took over 40 years ago; Cecilie whose journey from the Caribbean to Eastmoor 50 years ago is worthy of a book, or the two men who talked and laughed as they found connections from their youth despite dementia for one of them sometimes being an obstacle. This is what projects like this are about, creating space and opportunity for people to come together, connect, reflect and celebrate.

   

We look forward to ongoing work with the Centre and creating a community ‘Dreaming Streaming’ exhibition before Christmas.

A big thank you to Chris, the Centre Manager and the local Councillors for their support. And finally, I would advise anyone who wants a place to have a meet up, take stock of their thoughts, or to have lunch, to call into the café at St Swithuns and enjoy a cuppa with one of Andrews homemade scones! They really are the best. 🙂

The next Dreaming Streaming event will be an Open Afternoon at West Yorkshire Archives on Tuesday 16th October, 12 noon till 5pm where you can see an exhibition of the project so far, watch some films, listen to audio recordings and contribute your own stories to the project.

For more information call Judi on 07901 686142 or follow the project on social media using #DreamingStreaming

Blog header image courtesy of Twix Aire and Calder

The stories of a landscape

As you drive along the relief road through the City Fields development area it can be hard to imagine the full extent of history that this landscape holds. The Dreaming Streaming digital arts and archive project is exploring the area’s heritage through workshops and events.

Apart from a half pit wheel marking the site, a sealed pit shaft and some gates there is little left to show, that just down from Eastmoor Estate was Parkhill Colliery.

Parkhill Colliery was a family pit with a close-knit local workforce. The pit closed in 1982 with many miners redeployed to other mines in the Yorkshire Coalfields. We invited ex-Parkhill colliers and others associated with the Pit to come along to The Red Shed in Wakefield to share some of their stories on film.

We arrived 35 minutes early to set up and were overjoyed to find a group of men already waiting. Their enthusiasm and high spirits for the gathering were met with the Red Shed kindly opening the bar for us. The Red Shed filled up quickly, luckily, we had plenty of cakes to go around!

The session started with us looking at City Fields plans and talking about how the area is changing. Like many ex-miners I’ve been lucky enough to work with over the years, the participants at this session all had a strong desire to share their stories and celebrate the heritage of this once great industry.

   

Wakefield’s current Mayor, Cllr Stuart Heptinstall whose whole career has been in mining, and a former Parkhill electrician was the first volunteer to be recorded. For three nonstop hours stories by numerous participants were filmed and interviews conducted. They were funny, insightful, reflective, poignant and inspiring – just like the contributors.

Participants brought memorabilia, artwork, photos and lamps, and publications, which were carefully captured. Dreaming Streaming is also working with and engaging people from neighbouring communities to the City Fields site, and it was great to capture memories of Eastmoor as well – many of the group grew up on the estate or lived there whilst working at the Pit.

It was a great session, thank you to everyone who supported and attended this event, and to the Red Shed for hospitality. The material gathered will be edited and available online later in the year through the Dreaming Streaming website archive. Previews will also be shown at community events and workshops.

On Tuesday 4th September we are holding a drop-in session at St Swithuns Community Centre between 1.30 – 4.00pm where will be showing some film extracts from the Parkhill interviews, and inviting people to drop in and find out more about the Dreaming Streaming project and City Fields.

To follow the project on social media use #DreamingStreaming. For more information please call Judi on 07901 6862142 or email info@onetoonedevelopment.org 

Hidden stories and new beginnings

Who would ever have thought that the green empty land alongside the river from Stanley Ferry to Wakefield Waterfront, following the path of The Wakefield Eastern Relief Road is a heritage treasure trove. This is the new City Fields development site and over the next decade the area is going to change considerably.

City Fields is a new neighbourhood just East of Wakefield city centre. The aim is to build approximately 2,500 new homes as well as offer increased leisure, retail and commercial opportunities.

Already new families are moving into properties. Before the area changes too much One to One Development Trust, commissioned by Beam and Wakefield Council, are gathering stories and artifacts about the heritage of City Fields as part of a digital arts project.

We are creating an online archive which will be a repository for lots of information about the City Fields area, both past and present. We will be out and about filming, running arts workshops and talks about what we are doing through Dreaming Streaming.

We are working with Wakefield Museum, West Yorkshire Archives, and the Local Studies at the Library to map out some of the heritage of the site. From Viking long boat remains at Stanley Ferry to more recent heritage of Park Hill Colliery and the Power Station, and gems like a lost canal – it really is an extraordinary area.

Over the next few months we will be running workshops and events gathering memories and researching about the area. We are very pleased to be working with Wakefield Historical Society and members of Outwood Video Group.

There will be opportunities for new City Fields residents to meet up with their neighbours, we will be taking the project into local primary schools, working with groups, and community centres around the periphery of City Fields.

On Monday 20th August we would like to invite anyone who worked at Park Hill Colliery to call in and see us at the Red Shed. From 3.30pm till 6.30pm we will be sharing stories and memories about the Pit and reflecting on how the landscape is changing. There will be tea/ coffee and great cakes.

Then on Tuesday 4th September from 1.30 to 4.00pm we would like to invite people into St Swithuns Community Centre to hear more about the Dreaming Streaming project and the heritage of the City Fields area and its its neighboring communities.

If you are interested in any aspect of the Dreaming Streaming arts and heritage project, then please get in touch. Judi Alston at One to One Development Trust 07901 686142 or email info@onetoonedevelopment.org You can follow the project on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #DreamingStreaming

Drawing on the past to create a future

One to One Development Trust are very pleased to be awarded a new contract by Beam on behalf of Wakefield Council to create an ambitious online archive and documentation project about the CityFields development in Wakefield. The project is called Dreaming Streaming.

City Fields is a huge site to the East of the District with a large urban extension programme planned over the next twenty years. In addition to 2500 new homes there will be increased school provision, health, retail and community facilities, along with outdoor leisure opportunities via the 2km water frontage, open space provision and walking and cycling links to both the city centre and surrounding areas.

At one end of the new Eastern Relief Road sits Heath Common Traveller site – one of the UK’s largest and oldest permanent Traveller and Gyspy sites, drive down the relief road and you come to Stanley Ferry. Its origins dating back to pre-Viking times, but better known as the place where the Tom Pudding tub boats were loaded with coal from local collieries and transported down to Goole in long trains by canal. Now a favourite place with dog walkers, families who visit The Hungry Horse pub and an ever-growing boat community.

Like a spine running through the site, the relief road and River Calder link up neighbouring communities including Stanley, Eastmoor, Agbrigg, Belle Vue and Portobello. Communities that all have their own cultural identity.  Public art is part of a 20-year plan for City Fields, implemented by the Public Art Action Plan it aims to help create social, environmental and economic benefits and improve the quality of life for its local population.

Our project Dreaming Streaming is the start of this ambitious plan attracting and engaging people with new spaces and their neighbours.

History has an important impact on the concept of place. With time, places change, but every place has a legacy of past events. With an understanding of place and its history, comes a sense of belonging. Places are where people live, move round and interact so the characteristics of a place are vital in determining quality of life, health and wellbeing.

A place is not just physical landscape, roads, developments or boundaries – it is shaped by behaviour and actions, networks of social interactions. City Fields is a blank canvas to explore fundamentals of what ‘community’ means – to feel safe, to be well and happy, to explore and learn from your natural local environment and resources and to feel connected.

  

We will be looking at the heritage of the City Fields site, engaging the neighbouring communities – linking them up with newer residents, and documenting the start of this new community. We will be creating films, exhibitions, and a repository that can continue to be added to for many years as the community evolves. This resource will be useful for new residents to learn about their area, but also for artists, public health workers, education establishments and others to explore resources all held in one place.

Over the next few months, we will be talking with residents on City Fields, on neighbouring communities, schools, other artists working in the area, health professionals, environmentalists, developers, the business community, historians, archivists and volunteers (and everyone we can) to create a rich archive, interactive archive which will draw on the past to help shape the future.

Please follow the project on social media using the hashtag #DreamingStreaming and bookmark this page!

If you would like to be involved please contact Judi Alston, One to One Development Trust on 07901 686142.