Past Lives Project tour is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England. During 2013 – 2015 the project tours Bolsover, Ironbridge, Nottingham, Mansfield, Derby, Ilkeston, South Holland and Buxton.

In each region of the project we will be calling out to the public for amateur cine film home movies (digitising at no cost to the depositors) photos, local music and oral history. The project works with film depositors and participants to make new films and music scores. In each region there will be a grand finale to show the local movies and the original Past Lives of the Midlands which inspired the project.

The project is partnered with archives and museums across the region to support and create local archives. Film donated to the project will be digitised and stored at MACE, photographs will be digitised and stored at Picture the Past and oral history will be stored at EMOHA. A digital archive of the project including films, photos and oral history will be available online and with each partner museum.

You can help the project by sharing the message that we need cine footage, photos and memories from the regions, email us at info@pastlivesproject.com

IMG_2879Photo from a live performance of Past Lives film, with international musicians and strings from Sinfonia Viva

“the Past Lives film had a powerful effect on audiences. Since the footage was filmed by ordinary people it somehow resonates more and brings the past back to life. Having live music as well helps to heighten the emotions and makes the event unique”.

Freefall Arts’ Dave Sturt

“I spent half of it in tears, the other half smiling. Beautiful, achingly poignant. Thank you so very much”

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Project origins:

Working with MACE in 2011-12 artists and musicians  from FreeFall Arts created and toured Past Lives Film from home cinefilm footage of the Midlands. The 2011/12 tour was incredibly successful and we were invited by Arts Council England to create a touring film and music participatory project, and working with funding from Hertiage Lottery Fund the project aims to highlight the need to preserve cinefilm which is rapidly deteriorating and to encourage the public to be creatively engaged with heritage and the arts.

The Past Lives soundtrack is an engaging mixture of classical and jazz styles combined with an ethereal soundscape:

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