Ironbridge Museum was our second region in Past Lives Project, we had the great pleasure of working with Ironbridge Gorge Museum staff, volunteers and the local community.
Our first event was the launch on 28th March where we showed Past Lives Midlands to a full house. During our time working in Ironbridge we ran reminiscence vintage cafe open days, met film depositors, archives, museum staff and volunteers, ran music workshops, and created a new film of the region which we show in September 2014 at Ironbridge Museum World Heritage Day.
The film featured amazing footage of Ironbridge, Madeley, Jackfield, Coalbrookdale, Wellington, Broseley and surrounding areas from the 1950s onwards. And was shown with a live music performance, the music was a collaboration between international musicians Dave Sturt and Theo Travis working with staff and pupils of Abraham Darby Academy School. The final performance music also featured strings from Sinfonia Viva Orchestra.
Ironbridge power station being built in the 1960s, showing the labourers hard at work building it by hand, and the breathtaking vista from the top of the towers giving a birds eye view of the region.
Local carnivals and fairs, with footage from the 1960s & 70s of Jacksfield Summer Fair, Wellington and Broseley Carnivals, Scout parades and Armistice Day Parades in Madeley with footage of local WWI & WWII heroes in procession.
Another local hero featured in Past Lives Ironbridge is Eustace Rogers, the last of a long line of Ironbride Coracle makers. This cine footage was shot by local Jackfield couple George and Edna Morris who over many decades have recorded important and everyday events of the region.
Past Lives Ironbridge film was shown to a packed house for a one-off showing with live music at the Ironbridge Museum World Heritage day 2014.
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