Tuesday, 24 June 2008

The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded a Young Roots grant to help young people trace history of cinema in Sawston

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded a grant of £24,900 to Sawston Village College to allow young people to research the history of cinema in Sawston.

Working in partnership with Sawston Village History Society, the Sawston Archive Group of the Cambridgeshire Community Archive Network and the Cambridge Film Trust, young people from Sawston Village College will undergo oral history training, which will equip them with interview skills. They will then speak to older members of the community about their memories of the original cinema in Sawston. These interviews will be collected in a film which will then be screened for the community in a celebratory event at the end of the project.

In addition to this, a dedicated website will also be set up where the memories collected and other project research can be stored. Young people will also work to create an artwork inspired by the project findings.

This artwork will go permanent display inside Sawston Youth Centre, a former cinema building and where the project is scheduled to be launched on June 19 at 3.30pm, to which anyone with memories of the original is invited to attend.

Commenting on the award, Lesley Morgan, local arts development manager, said, ‘It’s fantastic that the Young Roots Heritage Lottery Fund has enabled young people to find out about cinema in Sawston. Many did not even know that the Youth Centre had once been a cinema and that Sawston had had an association with early colour film production. This grant will allow film to return to Sawston once more.’

Explaining the importance of the award Robyn Llewellyn, the Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund, East of England, said, 'It is so important to get young people involved in the heritage that surrounds them by bringing it to life and making it relevant to them, and this is a wonderful project that will do just that by providing them with the opportunity to find out about the history of their local cinema.'

For further information, please contact:
Please contact: Lesley Morgan, Arts Development Manager at Sawston Village College on 01223 712825 and email: lmorgan@sawstonvc.org .

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