‘Linking Lifetimes’ was an innovative intergenerational project that explored different approaches to bringing generations together to share, connect and learn through the common language of story.
This exciting Storylines project explored how primary schools can benefit from a deeper involvement with the wider community. It provided new opportunities to enrich the lives of both young and old community members. The intergenerational project ran in Praze-an-Beeble for a year, holding a series of events and workshops that enabled an exchange of stories between children and adults. We all have stories and so they are a wonderful way of nurturing new relationships, breaking down barriers and encouraging empathy, respect and understanding between generations.
Intergenerational Project Workshops
Workshops and events took place both within the community and at Crowan Primary School, and explored different ways to share and capture stories across the generations. The aim was to involve as many people as possible so that these links and ways of working could live on beyond the end of this project. Sessions included exploring age, sharing school memories, clay stories, object stories and intergenerational recordings.
As part of the project the community designed and produced a collaborative artwork. This shared some the gathered stories and remains in the community as a celebration of those involved. The intergenerational project concluded with a community celebration in Summer 2016, bringing together all the material produced by both children and adults and including food, music and games.
CD of Memories
As a result of the project and with support from Crowan Parish Council and the Clowance Trust we later created a CD of local memories. To learn more about the project you can read our blog posts on the project here.