Our featured Storybox was commissioned by Greenmeadow Community Farm in Cwmbran
and made by HyperAction in association with Greenspace Designs. We created the Storybox
and an interactive screen for the newly opened Visitors Education Centre sited in
the Farm’s Haybarn.
This is how we did it . .
In the Spring of 2009, we worked with Y5 children at Greenmeadow Primary School,
helping pupils meet, interview and collect the reminiscences of local people,
who could remember the old farming way of life.
The children invited participants into school and talked to them on the Farm about
their memories of old Cwmbran. One group of children also came with us to Ty Gwyn
Residential Care Home where we used artefacts to help bring back lost memoriesfor
some of our oldest participants in their 90s.
We have 15 years’ experience running intergenerational projects in the community,
so helping to facilitate collaborations across generations is something we know
how to do well .
We recorded all the stories we heard using broadcast quality audio equipment and
then helped the children edit and arrange the material by theme, making 5 minute
long recordings on
Animal Behaviour, Working Horses, School Memories,
Home Life, Local Produce, The Seasons and the History of the Community Farm
The children then made drawings and took photographs which were inspired by what
they had heard from the elders and seen on the Farm. We incorporated this material
into our designs for a 2m high wooden box which is installed in the Farm as an original
and striking listening station for visitors to share the stories.
Our Storybox was carved from sustainable British cedarwood by Greenspace Designs
in Devon. We then used our expert knowledge to fit it out with appropriate digital
audio devices which play the stories through two listening handsets.
We also worked with the children to create an interactive screen which has been
installed onto the Farm’s Smartboard in the visitors centre but could equally be
used in a kiosk environment onto a touch screen or onto a standalone or network of
Macs or PCs.