These exhibits explore some themes related to the Olympics, past and present, with the help of items selected from People's Record projects.
In a unique move, the MLA supported 29 projects across England at the moment of handover from Beijing and the Launch of the Cultural Olympiad in September 2008. Vox pops were captured on postcards by a variety of organisations taking part in all sorts of activities. People were asked about their past memories, reactions to Beijing 2008 and their hopes for London2012. The illuminating responses provided a snapshot of people's engagement and demonstrated diversity and strength of opinion across the country. From "loving our red bus" to "unitiing us all as one country" or "feeling scared", it seems when it comes to the Olympics or Paralympics, everyone had an opinion
Since 2008, a network of museums, libraries and archives have worked with a wide variety of community groups to explore and record their responses to 2012. Some highlights include: Tomorrow’s Gold young people in Lambeth carrying out vox pop journalism on the streets Selby disabled young person’s Club, North Yorkshire recording their concerns about access to sports facilities and their hopes and dreams for 2012 Penzance Young Mums Group and members of NHS Stop Smoking Service accessing healthy living library resources after their free swimming session and recording their experiences on a video for other parents to learn from Buckinghamshire Archives running a road show in Ayelsbury shopping centre collecting reminiscence from Paralympic Games at Stoke…
Last year MLA funded 19 projects covering a variety of activities including digital recording, exhibitions and family events.
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