Are Ye Askin

An older woman is interviewed by four children
Children interview one of the project volunteers

Heritage Grants

GREENOCK, Scotland
RIG Arts Ltd
£41500
To mark the opening of the Beacon Arts Centre, Rig Arts celebrated the history of entertainment in Inverclyde throughout the 20th century.

Much of the cultural history of Inverclyde was in danger of being lost, so volunteers young and old joined together to explore and document the history of social entertainment in the area from the 1930s to the 1990s.

Participants of all ages filmed and produced a documentary which featured interviews with members of the community who were young in each era. Primary school pupils learned interview and film techniques in order to capture stories from volunteers.

A group of 10 unemployed young people used the help of a professional researcher to look into the history of social entertainment in Inverclyde. The group produced collages of information for a final exhibition which welcomed over 5,000 guests. Also presented was an interactive timeline, designed by local high school pupils, which chronicled fashion throughout the years and the social and economic context behind the trends.

Children learned dance hall styles from the 1940s and 1950s and put these to use at two successful dance hall events at Greenock Town Hall, which each welcomed hundreds of guests.

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