We held an Imagine North East Group meeting on the 15th June 2015 at the Old Low Lights Heritage Centre on the Fish Quay in North Shields. It was a sunny day, and everyone enjoyed the views across the bay. Old Low Lights opened earlier this year and held for a short time, an exhibition of Imagine North East – North Shields community projects (see previous posts). This meeting had a packed agenda. We started off with a round of introductions. The group welcomed two guests from the US – Patrick Harman is in the North East for 2 weeks before taking up his Fulbright Scholarship in January 2016 (working on Imagine). Vincent Chu (also from the US) is a sociology student at Durham University and he has an internship over the summer to work with Imagine North East.
Next, Yvonne Hall showed us extracts from one of the films produced for Imagine North East by the group from Cedarwood Trust (North Shields). This included scenes of North Shields accompanied by music followed by an interview with David Peel. Everyone enjoyed the film extracts. We then moved on to other items further down the agenda because Judith Green had to leave the meeting early. This included: plans for the Imagine North East Exhibition Launch on Sat 27 June 2015 at St James’ Church in Benwell; the other Connected Communities Festival Events in June (story telling and model making in Benwell and a film show and discussion with local film maker Hugh Kelly in North Shields).
The ‘whole’ Imagine conference on 9 Sep in Huddersfield was discussed as we have the opportunity to do two workshops. Ben Kyneswood and the Coventry team are doing one and we decided to do one ourselves on the theme of ‘Being community researchers’.
Plans for the next 6 months include an exhibition at the Discovery Museum from the 1st Oct – this will be mainly digital outputs and a final Imagine North East event in November – hopefully at the Discovery Museum.
Fred Robinson gave an update on the census work he and Alan Townsend have been doing for Imagine North East and there was an update on the two booklets being produced for Benwell and North Shields – to be launched at the exhibition on the 27th June.
We then divided into small groups to consider some questions – reflecting on the contribution the community projects are making to Imagine North East. There wasn’t time to consider both questions so we concentrated on:
- What are the key learning points for you personally and for the participants in your Imagine project?
We will return to the other questions at the next meeting which is on Wednesday 16 Sep, 10.30 – 1.00 in Benwell (Venue TBA).