What are the aims of your project?
The Heritage Lottery Fund ‘All Our Stories’ programme offered a unique opportunity to access funding to tell the story of Kingussie through virtual and physical exhibitions. In order to implement the project match funding was required.
The project aims were:
- To gather extant oral and written evidence of the history and life of Kingussie and to record it.
- To analyse and interpret the extant and new stories of Kingussie.
- To create a virtual and physical exhibition of the story of Kingussie.
- To allow for the inclusion of the whole community in the project, including ‘socially isolated’ individuals.
Who was involved and how was it funded?
Kingussie, a small town in Badenoch. Total expenditure: £13,761, total LEADER expenditure: £4,582
Summary of the project
- The Project Manager started in post in April 2013. During the project the following activities were completed:
Organised up to nearly 30 volunteers to support the project.
Accessed extant materials including previous oral history recordings which were included in the exhibition. The Highland Folk Museum proved extremely supportive in supporting the researchers in accessing materials.
- Organised a drop in day for the community to find out about the project, bring along photos and volunteer to be interviewed.
- Organised a launch party for the exhibition in December 2013.
- With a member of staff from RCAHMS, ran an oral history training course for ten volunteers.
- Oversaw volunteers and undertook recordings of 23 oral history interviews and transcribed, interpreted and analysed the recordings.
- Gathered old photos of Kingussie to make a photographic record.
- Attended an All Our Stories workshop in Glasgow to meet and share ideas with people from other communities.
- Organised a literary competition at Kingussie Primary School and the creation of a Story of Kingussie logo by the children. The children were invited to a viewing of the exhibition before the launch party.
- Kept the community informed and interested in the project through working with the local press and supplying them with a regular, interesting press releases
- A 20 minute film featuring audio clips, local music and old and new photographs was produced creating a virtual exhibition available at: http://www.historypin.com/channels/view/51933#!photos/list/ and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Krl53uPtHpE. The film was very well received and orders were taken for DVDs to be sold at cost price.
- Eleven display boards were created and printed. These along with some further material in folders comprised the main part of the exhibition. The boards used material from the oral recordings to tell the story of Kingussie through time as well as featuring various themes. These are displayed on the Story of Kingussie Webpage at: http://storyofkingussie.wordpress.com/
What’s next for your project?
Both a virtual and a physical exhibition have been created. These will continue to be accessible and used by the community. The display boards will be permanently installed in the community owned Am Fasgadh buildings once they are open to the public.