DIGITAL INCLUSION
& HERITAGE

Frames of Mind champion the potential of smart technology with our digital inclusion training programmes and creative heritage projects, to combat isolation and build enriched, connected resilient communities.

We have a long standing relationship with Newham Council who have provided us with a fleet of iPads to work with Community Neighbourhoods across the borough, to record, celebrate and share their personal stories.

Preserving unique individual histories are an essential part of collective heritage, a shared sense of belonging which underpins our communities.

The ubiquity of smart phones and tablets makes technology the perfect focus for intergenerational interaction and platform to challenge associated ageist stigma.

During the last 12 months of the Covid pandemic technology has come into its own as a vital tool to keep us connected. We have been adapting our digital workshops for small Zoom groups, exploring different ways to get creative online, discovering new apps for creative challenges and ways to make this learning sustainable.

DIGITAL INCLUSION
& HERITAGE

Through our digital inclusion programmes and creative heritage projects Frames of Mind champion the potential of smart technology to combat isolation and build enriched, connected resilient communities.

We have a long standing relationship with Newham Council who have provided us with a fleet of ipads to work with Community Neighbourhoods across the borough, to record, celebrate and share their personal stories.

Preserving unique individual histories are an essential part of collective heritage, a shared sense of belonging which underpins our communities.

The ubiquity of smart phones and tablets makes technology even more of a leveller than it was 5 years ago, the perfect focus for intergenerational interaction and platform to challenge associated ageist stigma.

During the last 12 months of the Covid pandemic technology has come into its own as a vital tool to keep us connected. We have been adapting our digital workshops for small Zoom groups, exploring different ways to get creative online, discovering new apps for creative challenges and ways to make this learning sustainable.

AN APP A DAY

An App A Day was devised to increase confidence and trust in smart technology as a multi faceted tool for personal enablement. Many participants own or have been given smart devices by their family but lack the skills to explore their potential.

An App A Day encourages participants to engage with technology through an accessible mix of mix of: Practical skills – internet literacy, emails, Apps, research, social media.

Creative skills – photography, video, digital art, digitising images, digital books.

Choosing apps which connect with interests, life navigation requirements, practical needs, keeps learning meaningful empowering and sustainable.

An App A Day projects can have a Heritage, E.S.O.L, or Experiential focus –(outdoor photography walks etc)

Example An App A Day course

Montage video of digital books from each project

Digital books from Black History Newham 2019

AN APP A DAY

An App A Day was devised to increase confidence and trust in smart technology as a multi faceted tool for personal enablement. Many participants own or have been given smart devices by their family but lack the skills to explore their potential.

An App A Day encourages participants to engage with technology through an accessible mix of mix of: Practical skills – internet literacy, emails, Apps, research, social media.

Creative skills – photography, video, digital art, digitising images, digital books.

Choosing apps which connect with interests, life navigation requirements, practical needs, keeps learning meaningful empowering and sustainable.

An App A Day projects can have a Heritage, E.S.O.L English to Speakers Of different Languages or experiential focus, for example outdoor photography walks etc.

Montage video of digital books from each project

Digital books from Black History Newham 2019

An App A Day is a really fantastic way to engage our least socially active ESOL residents, meeting new people, learning new skills, sharing their stories and inadvertently improving their English.

- Fatima Mirza, Community Neighbourhood Assistant, Green Street Library

I used to feel like such a dinosaur, It makes you feel vulnerable when you cant do it yourself, it's embarrassing. Since the course I feel like I’m moving forward and making the most of technology

- An App A Day Participant

Montage video of digital books from each project
Montage video of digital books from each project

HERITAGE PRODUCERS

Frames Of Mind train community ‘Heritage Producers’ in multi-media, interview and research techniques, to work with us to capture and celebrate our community heritage:

AT YOUR CONVENIENCE
A local heritage, documentary and photomontage project inspired by the infamous bathroom suppliers, H.M. James & Sons Ltd on Romford Road.
Working with The Heritage group from Manor Park they interviewed Mr James (92) about the 130-year-old family business.

Images from a century of bathroom fads and fashion are interwoven with the groups own childhood recollections of arriving in London in the 1960’s from India & the Caribbean and experiencing baths for the first time, ‘that peculiar British penchant for stewing in a tub of their own dirt’

At Your Convenience explores the controversial role of the bathroom in our culture and society and how it discretely connects us all, publicly and privately.

I just wanted to be on the same wavelength as my children.

- An App A Day Participant

These artists have worked with us on a number of initiatives, and are well respected for their ability to develop imaginative multi-media art installations with the communities that they engage with

- Andrew Richardson : Community Neighbourhoods Senior Officer

ANIMATING HERITAGE

Connecting the past and the present in a playful and juxtaposition of the physical and digital that ignites the memory and the imagination.

Animating Murillo is a poignant, socio-political comparison of 1940’s Londons East End and 17th Century Spain. Members of Stepney Green Community Centre responded to the exhibition of Bartolome’ Murillo’s paintings at Dulwich Picture gallery, re- inventing his images through 21st century perspectives and bringing heritage to life with stop frame animation.

ANIMATING Murillo

Animating Murillo

“We see Frames Of Mind as an influential community and creative partner, to support the Council’s community engagement and resilience programme as well as looking at ways that the Council can utilise digital technology for its Heritage Programme”

– Trevor Mbatha – Community Neighbourhood Senior Officer,
Stratford & West Ham

featured PROJECTS

CounterCulture

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Age is Not Beige

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Art In The Park

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CounterCulture

CounterCulture is a multi-media exploration into the heritage of Newham, through the lens of it’s diverse corner shops. Unique microcosms of the communities they ‘serve’; responsive, convenient and in recent times, key to survival, corner shops provide a valuable social hub and neighbourhood focus – a village in a city.

Frames of Mind delivered a series of intergenerational digital art workshops as part of Newham word Festival to explore the language and imagery associated with age and ageing, exploding outmoded ageisms.