What We Do
The project has a number of activities designed to involve and engage people who were part of these residential communities in order to learn more about the people and places involved.
Many of the activities and projects are participant driven, particularly the Archive Weekends which bring together members of former communities in a residential event here at PETT. Here, different generations from the same community can share their experiences, recollect, reminisce and decide collectively how to spend their time here. Some work with their own archives, sorting photographs, scanning documents and adding to their website. Others record their own memories and decide how to use them, some take part in oral history training so they can record the memories of others. Each event is absolutely unique and depends on the people taking part to shape it - makes for an exciting and engaging event every time!
For those who don't attend the archive weekends, we have volunteers working in the field recording oral history interviews at people's homes, this participant driven website where each community has the chance to add to or edit their own communities site as well as an interactive forum feature where everyone can share their experience of the project and their community with each other. An exciting performance based on the project's participants is well under way and a number of visits to former communities are coming up to share the heritage with the younger generation.
For more information on 'What We Do' please see the drop-down menu on the home page and keep your eye on the News section for updates on the project's latest!