MID TWENTIETH-CENTURY YOUTH CULTURE PROJECT
WINS LOTTERY CASH BOOST
Full Spectrum Productions has been awarded a confirmed Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant of just over £150,000* for their latest educational project, 'Hanging Out', it was announced today
The project - which will focus on the cultural diversity of 1950’s and 1960’s youth culture in Camden, Brent, Lambeth and the City of London - aims to bring this period to life through an exploration of the fashions, music, sport, film and entertainment of the time. Expected to last 18 months and involving up to 86 young volunteers, the projects’ vision is to inspire and enable young people from diverse backgrounds to appreciate and access heritage that is relevant to them and comparable to issues faced by young people today.
Full Spectrum Productions will work with a range of exciting partners across the capital to deliver the project. The London Metropolitan Archives, Museum of London, Imperial War Museum, BFI, V&A, and the Photographers Gallery will all be involved in the research and development phase, and participate in culminating events and exhibitions for ‘Hanging Out’, over the next two years.
The volunteers, from schools, colleges, and unemployment centres in the four Boroughs, will explore this period of immense change in the social and political culture of Britain by taking part in a range of activities as diverse as learning how to research and collate material, to conducting oral history research with people who lived through these experiences; along with photographic, music and film archiving and even 50's garment construction.
Sue Bowers, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in London, said: “This wonderful project will give many young people the opportunity to explore their past. The youth culture of the 50's and 60's will be brought to life through people’s memories and experiences of the time. From 'flower power' fashions to anti-war protests, the project will make history accessible, relevant and fun to today’s communities.”
Commenting on the significance of the project, Lorna Holder, Managing Director of Full Spectrum Productions said – “This project is providing a ‘fresh’ and innovative approach particularly through research, volunteer training and use of new media, in capturing valuable information for heritage archives and beyond the duration of the project”.
The work of the young people will form the basis for events and exhibitions planned over the next two years, including a 12 week exhibition at the V&A in late 2011, incorporating a one hour documentary and special edition book, authentic 1950's and 1960's memorabilia, photographs, music album covers, garments, and a mural of a 1950's café. Further events organised in partnership with London venues will be announced at a later date.