What’s your idea of heritage? For many of us, the word ‘heritage’ can be off-putting, signifying something others decided was important and worth recording – not our own, ‘ordinary’ lives and places. At Scotland’s Urban Past, a nationwide HLF-funded project about the hidden stories of Scottish towns and cities, we want to make it feel more democratic, more participatory. We’re not alone in that, and things are changing. What we’re trying to do with Scotland’s Urban Past is make heritage something more accessible that we can all shape, share and tell the world about.
We’re having a gathering in Inverness, about turning heritage into creative outcomes. The aim is to learn how community groups who are sharing the story of their places have dreamt up imaginative, creative solutions – making a greater impact – and how you can take inspiration from them. Learn how to create a drama script with playwright May Sumbwanyambe, to create a graphic novel with Magic Torch Comics or learn how to craft a story for live telling with storyteller Andrew MacKintosh.
When and where?
Saturday 19th November, 2016 - 10:30 to 16:00
The Spectrum Centre, 1 Margaret Street, Inverness, IV1 1LS
There is a £5 entry fee for this event, including refreshments, which can be booked via Eventbrite.
You can read the full programme here.
Who’s the event for?
It’s for all kinds of folk. Groups (and individuals) that are doing history research and would like to share their findings in creative ways – but need inspiration. People that are doing creative work and would like to incorporate history into that, but aren’t sure how to start. People who would like to learn more about and get involved with Scotland’s Urban Past, Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland, which is sharing and inspiring people to take part in traditional art forms, or The People’s Parish, a new intiative inspiring local creativity of place, encouraging us to rediscover the mapping of our locality and how it’s shaped our identity.
What might you gain from taking part on the day?
You’ll meet inspiring folk who are doing creative and history-themed work using new approaches. You’ll experience for yourself some exciting ways of turning history into creative forms that will attract new participants. You’ll come away with a sense of some potential for projects that might be developed in partnership with others, whether national agencies like us or more local like-minded folk you’ve found out about.
This networking & training opportunity combines Historic Environment Scotland's Urban Past with the #DareToDream Storytelling Festival Campaign 2016.
Image: Leith Citadel Arts