The project will be carried out from May until December 2015, and result in both a blog and an app which can be used by anyone living or visiting Liverpool, presenting an alternative history told by the community residents.
Content for the website and the app will be produced by local community groups working with historians and digital artists through a series of workshops and research trips, using a combination of personal stories, soundscapes, animation, archive images and film as well as old and new maps. The app will offer six trails across the city, celebrating the character and history of neighbourhoods suffering from deprivation and lack of investment but continue to have a strong sense of community spirit and pride. Older residents will take on the areas of Vauxhaull and Kirkdale, local children from Gilmour Infant School will be creating new animation in response to Garston and Speke, and military veterans will be mastering both audio recording and tandem bikes to create a new alternative cycle trail for Everton and Anfield.
FACT has a fifteen year history in creative community development, firmly believing that creativity and innovation can help address important issues such as community cohesion and civic participation. FACT works with people across Merseyside and beyond to partake in digital and artistic processes, creating social capital and skills. Within this work, FACT is interested in working with people of all ages, and supporting co-production.
Commenting on the award, Liz Wewiora, FACT’s Communities Programmer, said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, and are confident the project will breathe life into local history in an inspiring and accessible way.”