BBC REEL HISTORY Madeleine Forrester of BBC East is holding regional meetings to discuss this project with organisations interested in working with them across counties, to show old films and collect memories around given themes etc. She would like to hear from any local history society who might be interested in linking in with this topic at a local level.
Reel History (Autumn 2011, BBC Daytime) programme details:Melvyn Bragg meets real people as they recount fascinating and surprising stories about how life in Britain used to be, as told through the British Film Institute’s and regional archive collections. Melvyn visit a new location to focus on a different aspect of British life, with 20 themes across the series, using archive and real stories to highlight the hardships and simple pleasures of the past, as well as the enormous social changes that took place from 1900 onwards, building to a compelling social history of Britain.
Proposed dates: spike of activity during Autumn 2011.
Reel History Timeline: 1900s – Dawn of a New Era – life at the turn of the century under Victoria and Edward; WWI – Soldier, Soldier – optimism and youth die on the Somme; Mid 1920s – the Roaring Twenties – from the country pile to the Soho nightlife; 1920s – fishing Industry – the high days of the herring industry; 1930s – shipbuilding – boom period in Britain’s once-great industry; 1930s – rural life – the changing face of farming; Early 1930s – slums – first attempt to clear Britain’s greatest shame, despite damp, dirt and depression; Mid 1930s – coal mining – first ‘lame duck’ industry, beset with disaster and despair; 1940 – evacuation - largest mass movement of people in UK history, as town and country collided; WWII – Home Guard – the real Dad’s Army; 1948 – NHS – the foundation of the welfare state’s greatest triumph; 1953 – Queen’s Coronation – lifting the national mood as the days of austerity come to an end and birth of TV; Mid 1950s – beside the seaside – boom of the British seaside resort; Late 1950s – the first teenagers – Teddy Boys; Early 1960s – housing redevelopment – rebuilding bombed-out Britain through ‘streets in the sky’; 1960s – school days – secondary moderns and grammars; Mid 1960s– on the road – Britain’s adoption of the car and the spread of motorways; Late 1960s – running out of steam – the evolution of the railways; 1970s – package holidays – the birth of the package holiday; 1977 – Jubilee Celebrations – street parties and punk fashions.
Core learning offer: The project aims to increase people's knowledge of film archives, develop research skills, encourage use of regional and national archives, teach people to digitise film and look after original reels, take part in other film archive projects, encourage people to donate films to regional archives, create social groups for viewing footage and use them to tell stories and create inter-generational links.
Regional Outreach opportunities:For example, archive screenings, reminiscence sessions, links with archive projects to be developed with local partners.
Contact:Madeleine Forrester, Learning Project Manager, Eastern Region, BBC Learning, BBC EAST, Broadcasting House, Cambridge Business Park, Cowley Road, Cambridge CB4 0WZ. Tel: 01223 287 106; Mobile: 07710 336 404.