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. 🙂