As part of the current Tagging Communities project, working with various local groups to explore the heritage sites and social histories of six key areas in Liverpool, our Veterans group will be embarking on testing out potential cycle trails which our heritage content can connect to.


For this part of the project, Veterans will be partnering with members of Blind Veterans UK to train up as buddy tandem bike cyclists, exploring the trail sites of Everton and Anfield. Focusing on creating new audio work based on oral history interviews and site-specific soundscaping of the areas, a contemporary and personal take on the history of Everton and Anfield will be available for you to access as part of our overall new Tagging Communities free App later this year!


But of course with every trail, you have to test out the routes! So FACT sent our project partner Bob Blanchard from BNENC and Liverpool Veterans HQ, along with our lead Veteran Artist for the project, Paul Dean, off to test run some cycle routes around Anfield's Cemetery and Stanley Park, with the support of the Bradbury Fields Tandem Club cyclists!


If you are a Veteran and interested in cycling or perhaps just exploring our heritage journey and gaining some new digital skills then we will be running our second intro session with Historian Steve Binns on Wednesday 13 May, with a secondary audio training session running on Wednesday 27 May, (both here at FACT, 2.30pm-4pm in our Media Suite).

 

Contact our collaborations team for more info on liz.wewiora@fact.co.uk or on 0151 707 4444

 

FACT's Veterans project has been shortlisted for funding from the Aviva Community Fund, but we need your vote to succeed! Please support us by registering to vote here: community-fund.aviva.co.uk.

 

Funding would allow us to support our group reach out to other veterans across the UK to inspire them through creative experiences, develop new knowledge and skills, build their confidence and ultimately help them transition back to civilian life.