In August this year we worked with a group of young people from Sandwell’s Voice 21 editorial group to create a film, using archive, digital and newly filmed Super 8 footage, that gives an insight into life growing up on the Friar Park estate in Wednesbury during the 1970s.
Over the course of 5 sessions, using Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery as a base, the young people designed and shot a story involving the discovery of a time capsule which leads to reminiscences from local residents. These interviews take in stories from those residents who were teenagers during the 1970s as well as young peoples views about the estate now, in 2014. The film received its premiere in front of an invited audience at the end of September at the museum and art gallery where the group presented a new time capsule to the museum containing objects representing life today.
The film will go on to be part of a 1970s exhibition at the museum and art gallery in the coming months. If you are unable to visit the museum and art gallery you can watch the film below.
The project was commissioned by Black Country Museums Partnership in conjunction with Sandwell Museum Service and was managed by Liam Smyth and Tiffany Gee. Rich Franks of Blue and White Creative was the project consultant, setting up the premiere screening and created the Super 74’s branding. The archive footage used in the film has been kindly donated by the Jubilee Arts Archive.