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posted 6 Nov 2014, 05:53 by Web Admin   [ updated 7 Nov 2014, 08:00 ]

New community project for Year 8 students...

What was it like to be a young child in Suffolk?   What toys, interests and games did you have as a child?

These are the type of questions being asked of our students as part of a new 12 week intergenerational project capturing childhood experiences of five communities across Suffolk,  under the banner of ‘Suffolk at Play’.

‘Suffolk at Play’ , led by Suffolk Artlink, brings together different groups within the same community – in this case students from the Academy with members of the Felixstowe Library Top Time Group – to take part in reminiscence and creative writing sessions and create original animations, based on their shared memories and experiences of childhood play.

Each week, a group of Year 8 student met to take part in professionally facilitated sessions to record the memories and views of the group.  These sessions are very hands on, and involve using heritage resources to help stimulate memories, thoughts and create discussion. 

Eva Porter has really enjoyed the sessions ‘It’s been very fun so far, hearing other people’s memories.  It is surprising that so many are similar to mine.’

Zelal Bicen felt the sessions have helped her to get to know new students saying ‘This project has been really fun – I have met new people and found out what they used to enjoy playing with.‘  Finley Sheppard agreed with this adding ‘it has been great to have the opportunity and time to talk to other people from my year, not just the people of my age or the people I hang round with.  I’m looking forward to meeting the older group.’

Jess Ozanne was already looking ahead to meeting with the other Felixstowe group saying ‘I am really excited about meeting the older people next week and seeing what they did as children.  I enjoyed seeing what people used to play with years ago this week, it is going to be fun!’

‘Suffolk at Play’ will help students to develop creative writing skills, stop frame animation skills, story board creation and help create new relationships with a different generation. 

The project will build an audio and visual archive that will become part of an exhibit that will be housed at the Museum of East Anglian Life and Suffolk Records office, but feature in a county wide tour.   The project will also include a celebration event, which family and friends will be invited to share in. Each student will receive a copy of the animations, a set of cards printed with images and creative writing, and a certificate of attendance.  

To follow regular updates from this group, make sure you check out the 'Suffolk at Play' blog by clicking here