- Co. Meath
The Way We Were is an intergenerational living history project involving older volunteers explaining the uses and significance of a collections of artefacts in Irish and social history. Gathered, mined, and collected over the past number of years the collection includes items from both home and working life, from times gone by. Items include manual and electronic type-writers, early blow torch, welding equipment, tilly lamps, spinning wheel, dial telephone, bellows, various cooking utensils and equipment, ceramic jars, coins, milk bottles etc.
The arrival of COVID-19 forced us to rethink our approach to the delivery of this programme. In 2021 we ran a pilot initiative, involving some of our older volunteers talking about some items in the collection and some of the past times and crafts that they still practice - knitting, crochet and patchwork quilting. Our project was nominated for a National Heritage Week award in 2021.
Spurred on by the success of this nomination, the interest in the video, and the issues that we are still experiencing due to COVID-19, we approached Sceal Heritage to help us to create a collection of short videos that can be used to tell the stories of both our volunteers and the items in our social history collection. In preparation for filming our volunteers participated in an interactive story telling workshop.
The first of the videos will be launched during national heritage week. They will be available on our website www.thirdageireland.ie and via our social media channels.