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The Last Post

‘Last and final’ tends to put pressure on things to be polished and coherent.  Unfortunately, I don’t think that I can promise that – this is, however, my last blog post.  A small yet significant moment in my last bit week working for the Herbert – as after two and a half years I will be moving on to pastures new.

What a two and a half years it has been! From my first day when I arrived flustered and half and hour late because the train was delayed.  Thankfully this was not held against me and I have been able to work on some fascinating and challenging projects.

One of my very first projects was to work on a project to create a Chinese community film for the British Museum. This was great fun and posed some unique puzzles.  It was great to meet the young people – I had a group of 7 to 17 year olds to work with.  We taught them about oral history and how to do interviews then they interviewed the elders on camera.  Finally, they did some paper cut animation about the stories they had heard. The quirky humour really brightened things up. All this material was edited down to make a film which was shown as part China – Journey to the East, a British Museum touring exhibition.  It was a really special moment to see the film being shown next to priceless objects from ancient China and to see the looks on the young people’s faces when they saw the finished film.

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Deaf Sport in Coventry video

Here it is – the fantastic result of Anne-Marie’s hard work!

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Diamond Mining at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

It is a wonderful feeling when you get to the end of a project and you can look back over all the things that have been achieved. 

Earlier on I was watching the almost final version of a film about Deaf sport in Coventry.  I have been working on the film for months and it is great to finally see it coming together.  It is the result of interviews which we conducted with members of the local Deaf club in Coventry about their memories of sport. They had some great stories to tell including the Deaf Club’s hat-trick of victories against the Deaf German team.  

I spent many happy hours sifting through the interviews to find the best bits. We were fortunate to get some money from the Museums Libraries and Archives Council and the People’s Record to collect reminiscences, photographs and documents from local community groups about sport in response to the Olympics.  We now have nearly 180 records relating to sport in the local Deaf community’s history including an interview with a Gold medal wining Deaflympian and a picture of Bobby Ball!

After a few headache inducing hiccups such as losing one of our community partners, interviewees not turning up due to a lost fax and the endless juggling of subtitles and voice over to get it all to fit into the film, the film should be finished next week – touch wood – and as soon as it is I will be delighted to share it with you.

You can watch the video on this blog and on our YouTube Channel.

Anne-Marie Sandos, Social Inclusion Officer

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