Photo Friday: What will be your day out this Bank Holiday weekend?

New Brighton Fairground, 1968, Keith Medley Archive

New Brighton Fairground, 1968, Keith Medley Archive

This weekend is of course Bank Holiday weekend, and many people will be planning a day out, perhaps to the seaside, so this week’s Photo Friday comes from the Keith Medley Archive, and shows scenes from New Brighton at the Fun Fair in the 1960s.

This image has formed part of the ‘Our Day Out’ project, an HLF funded project put together by Ian Bradley, lecturer in Media and Interactive Media at LJMU. The project involved students conducting oral history interviews with participants at local community centres, using images from the Keith Medley Archive to encourage personal recollection and lively debate around the theme of family outings to the seaside. The second phase of the project builds on the seaside metaphor with the creation of individual post cards using additional images from the collection. Each post card will provide a short personalised message, taken from the interview, and enables access to the full video interview via individual QR codes to be printed on the reverse.

New Brighton Fairground, 1968, Keith Medley Archive

Hoopla at New Brighton Fairground, 1968, Keith Medley Archive

To celebrate completion of the project a series of exhibitions featuring photographs and the stories collected from the interviews will take place later this year. This will also be accompanied by a short video promoting the archive and the project. The Our Day Out project team are keen to gather more contributions from across the region to help build a rich archive of stories and memories from the mid-1960s and beyond, so if you have a story to tell they would love to hear from you.

 

For more information about the project, and to contribute your own memories, please see the Our Day Out website. If you would like to find out more about the archive, please visit our website, or contact the LJMU Archivist.

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