Leave your thoughts at the ‘Listening Stations’.
Published on 3rd July 2018
Marking the 100 years since the end of World War One, residents and visitors will see ‘Listening Stations’ popping up around the town as part of the Cheltenham Remembers project.
Led by The Wilson and created by artist Robyn Woolston, the Listening Stations have been informed by a series of workshops with local community groups facilitated through Cheltenham Borough Homes, the organisation Change, Grow, Live and the African Community Foundation.
The stations are designed to ask questions, share World War One Wilson archive content, and generate responses from the public in a living memory book, whether it’s through thoughts about conflict, family memories or drawings. As a thank you for contributing visitors are invited to collect a set of cards inspired by The Wilson archives and designed by Robyn Woolston.
The ‘Listening Stations’ are situated at The Wilson, Leisure at Cheltenham, Cheltenham Library, Hester’s Way Community Centre, and the Town Hall and will pop up at other sites until the end of the August. Check the Wilson website for further details.
Cllr Flo Clucas member for healthy lifestyles said: “The Listening Station is a contemporary exhibition which welcomes residents and visitors thoughts about World War One and encourages them to add their own war-time family memories. The exhibition offers a platform to not only hear those who gave so much but will also capture many heartfelt local stories. We hope many visitors will take the time to explore, digest and offer their thoughts and comments to this contemporary collection.”
Robyn Woolston lead artist said: “I've been working with the archives at The Wilson for five months now and the objects, items and stories I've uncovered are truly touching. I've also been stretching-out into the community, sharing my research and creating artworks with a wide variety of people.
“The next step of the project involved setting up 'Listening Stations' across Cheltenham that will allow people to ‘listen-in’ to some of the stories from the archive by reading and reflecting as well as contributing to the project and its blog. I like to think that we are listening-in to long-lost historical narratives that began their journey over 100 years ago during World War One.”
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The Cheltenham Remembers project is a yearlong programme of events and activities designed to commemorate the centenary of the signing of the Armistice that signalled the end of World War 1, and to say ‘Thank You’ to the men and women of the First World War who gave so much, asked so little and helped to shape our world as we know it today.
Robyn Woolston has worked through various community groups facilitated through Cheltenham Borough Homes, and Change, Grow, Live and the African Community Foundation taking material from the archives to them to act as a springboard for discussion and creativity.