Living & Working on Sheppey/ Back and Forth on High Street Blue Town

Hatton, Peter and Lyon, Dawn and Strangleman, Tim and Crow, Graham and Hurkett, Jenny and Arundell, C. and Murray, Val and Pilling, Lynn (2011) Living & Working on Sheppey/ Back and Forth on High Street Blue Town. Live Event, website and video. (Full text available)

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The starting point for this project was revisiting the social research undertaken (and archived) by Ray Pahl and his team in the late 70s early 80s published in “Divisions of Labour” (1984). The project team for Living and Working on Sheppey includes Tea, academics from the University of Kent, and the University of Southampton, the UK Data Archive and the community group, Remember BlueTown, whose members are also involved in the Blue Town Heritage Centre. The context was an exploration of the legacy of the Sheerness Dockyard and the decline of Sheppey following its closure with the near disappearance of Blue Town. The research was structured around a secondary analysis of Pahl’s data, via replication and comparison with new research based on oral history interviews with older residents about work and young people’s imagined futures of work and family life. The project was based at the Blue Town Heritage Centre. A steering group was established including the Director of the Heritage Centre, academics and volunteers from third sector organisations. The research interviews and exercises were undertaken across the island in homes, schools and the port. My specific contribution was to produce a video in response to and informed by the replicated social research and the role of the Heritage Centre, and the community contribution to the project. The questions evolved from the process and concerned the visual representation of place, place being spatial and temporal; shared yet an individual construct. The composition and form of DVD “Back and Forth on High Street Blue Town” was a new formulation of data emerging from the project. It also provided a vehicle for inter-generational dialogue about place and regeneration. The construction of the document (DVD) combining a base line recording of what remained architecturally of Blue Town overlaid with reminiscences of incidences experienced by ex residents and the inclusion of young peoples visions of what should be in the High Street undermines the veracity of documentary and questions the easy definition of heritage and ownership of heritage.

Item Type: Visual media
Projects: [UNSPECIFIED] Living and Working on Sheppey: Past, present and future
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of Music and Fine Art
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Peter Hatton
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2012 12:01
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2015 16:46
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