Threads - Connecting local stories

Threads

Threads is an initiative that provides an online space for schools to store and share their student’s oral history projects.

 

Threads is an initiative that provides an online space for schools to store and share their student’s oral history projects. Threads is all about encouraging students to become active ‘oral historians’ and to engage in the collection of stories and history about their locality and to gather living people’s testimony about their own experiences and memories. The name for the project comes from the concept that the study of history is built around a set of events, people, and places spanning time and space - the threads of history. These threads, are woven together, interpreted, and analysed to build a fabric of historical understanding.

The objective of Threads is to capture memories of local people, who have lived in the locality over the past century. These could be memories that they experienced themselves, or were handed down from a previous generation.

Recording a story for the Threads project teaches children about preparing for digital storytelling, primary and secondary research, interviewing, metadata and collaboration.

The stories are really locally focussed, and by discussing in class, and getting parents and grandparents involved at home, suitable subject matters may arise. Examples from the last century might be

  • Our area before significant infrastructure (electricity, water, bypass)
  • Interesting objects/buildings in our area
  • Significant industry no longer here
  • Local customs, festivals and events
  • People who have left through emigration and their impact or stories
  • People who have arrived through immigration and their impact or stories
  • Local environment, beauty spots, unusual landscapes



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