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