Thanks to funding from the Film Hub North West Central and Film Hub Wales, Flicks in the Sticks has created an archive project to uncover and digitise footage of local community events in Shropshire, Herefordshire and Mid Wales.
The hope is to preserve memories of rural community life before they are lost forever, and make them accessible to the wider public so that everybody can get involved with exploring their local heritage. In an era of closing schools, post offices, pubs and other community lynch pins, Flicks in the Sticks want to hold on to the region’s sense of community spirit and preserve the social history for future generations to enjoy.
The ultimate aim is to create an online ‘memory map’ of digitised archive footage on the Flicks in the Sticks website, where anyone can view the films, leave comments and share their own memories. The best of these films will then tour to community cinemas within the Flicks in the Sticks network, to be screened before the main feature on a regular cinema evening.
Can you help? Flicks in the Sticks are looking for any films that people may have of local events, such as carnivals, fairs and other important community events such as royal visits. They are particularly looking for ones that have lots of local people in them, so that they can gather a lot of information and create a Big Picture of that event. If you or somebody you know might have such a film, please email firstname.lastname@example.org