Sunday, 2 September 2012

Down Memory Lane - Exhibition 22nd September

The Down Memory Lane project is coming to an end. We have had some amazing activities and events producing some incredible oral history, reminiscence and archive work. 
 Saturday 22nd September
12.30 – 4pm
Abingdon Resource &
Wellbeing Centre
Audlett Drive
OX14 3GD
Parking Available next to the Centre

One of  the Down Memory Lane films will be shown as part of the Portobello Film Festival with Stella Coulling speaking of being an Oxford bus driver during the 2nd World War. Showing 15th & 16th Sept at the Westbourne Studios, London

There will also be a screening for schools at the Phoenix Picturehouse, Oxford
During September Term to find out more please contact the Cinema: 57 Walton Street, Jericho 01865 316570 or email

 last week Sharon Woodward screened the films made at the Centre.
We had wonderful feedback with members saying how important they thought the project had been, that it was interesting to watch, that they couldn’t wait for their family and friends to see the films.

Robert – said: Thank You for the opportunity.  

Janet left us with this thought she said:
Our Memories are what make us nobody can take them away from us.

Anderson Shelters – with Pat Fairbrother and Doris Burton 2 min
Women During 2nd World War – Stella Coulling talks about being an Oxford Bus driver during the War (thanks to Oxford Bus Company)  9 mins
Ration & Fashion Members of the Centre talk about rationing of food, sweets, ration books and painting your legs with gravy browning (thanks to Little Nellie’s Sweet Shop) 8 mins
Down Memory Lane - Overview of the project – The film demonstrates what has gone into the project. The speakers, entertainers, artists and discussions with members of the Centre remembering everything from their first TV set to the lack of sex education. Film Narrated by Renee Zarecky 17 minutes

Declaration of War  - Renee Zarecky, Winifred Smiles, Pamela Jones remember where they were, what they did and how they felt. 5 mins
Memories of War – Renee Zarecky & Winifred Smiles recall some of the more difficult aspects of War - Concentration camps.  (PG)   PLEASE NOTE THAT SOME IMAGES IN THIS FILM MAY BE UPSETTING FOR YOUNGER VIEWERS. 5 mins

John Mason School – John Mason Gifted & Talented group make a sponge cake using ingredients that were rationed. The cake is then presented to the members of the Centre who sample the baking. 5 mins
Brownies – The 1st Drayton Brownies visit the Down Memory Lane project. They ask the members questions on rationing, clothing, shopping and hobbies. Betty Macdonald recalls being a Brown Owl and a Girl Guide Patrol Leader. 5 mins

 We would like to thank those individuals and organisations for supporting this project. Through time, volunteering, equipment, resources, publicity or for directly taking part in this important Oral History, Reminiscence and Archive Project for future generations.

Thank you:
Gill Jaggers  - Head of Marketing  Pegasus Theatre
Roger Hammett – ‘Reel History’ Archive Partners BBC South
Suzy Sheriff & Matt Taylor - Manager & Assistant Manager Phoenix Picturehouse
Philip Cowen – Academic Subject Leader Newport Film School @ University of Wales Newport
Louisa Weeks & Phil Ashworth - Oxford Bus Company
John Bayliss – Oxford Bus Museum Trust Ltd
Anne Ransome – Midcounties Co-operative Archive
Kay Harman - Little Nellie’s Sweet Shop, Henley
Ruth Hudson - 1st Drayton Brownies
Charlie Barrnett & Amy Paterson -  John Mason Gifted & Talented Group
And the Ark T Centre, Cowley, Oxford
Exhibition will take place on the 22nd September

Thank you to the project and activity staff : Helen Jacobs – Artist, Painter, Sculpture & Textiles,  Isla Goldsmith – Thrive Project Officer, Gill Munday – Heritage Learning and Access Manager County Museums, Helen Fountain – Reminiscence Officer, Museum of Oxford, Nicholas Gill – Solo Jazz Piano & Musical Director of Oxford Classic Jazz 
Down Memory Lane is funded by The Awards For All Grant – Lottery Fund.
The project was run with:
Forum Oasis Chair and Committee representatives
Renee Zarecky , Doris Hurley, Janet Churlish, Sylvia  Pead and Mary Southey

Jackie Bowler – Abingdon Resource and Wellbeing Centre
Abigail Brown & Helen Jacobs – Arts Development Officer Vale of the White Horse District Council
Pauline Krason, Pat Taylor, Kathryn Baggott , Sarah Holloway, Lina Mokute, Christine Sadler, Jackie Richards and Ruth Evans

Cait Sweeney – Assistant Co-ordinator, Documenter & Production Assistant
Sharon Woodward – Filmmaker/Artist in Residence, Project Manager

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