DIGITAL INCLUSION
& HERITAGE

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

Smart devices are ubiquitous and we believe they are the perfect platform for intergenerational interaction and platform to challenge associated ageist stigma.

Frames Of Mind have a long-standing relationship with Newham Council who have provided us with a fleet of iPads to work with Communities 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.

 

example projects

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

CREATIVE PROGRAMMES

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Digital books from Black History Newham 2019

AN APP A DAY

6-12 week modular course

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 a programme of fun, practical and creative activities, building a life-skills toolkit: 

– Internet literacy, emails, Apps, research, social media.

– Photography, video, digital art, digitising images, digital books. 

Choosing apps which connect with interests and respond to 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 e.g. outdoor photography walks.

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

- An App A Day Participant

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

HERITAGE PRODUCERS

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

COUNTER CULTURE
Commissioned by Newham Heritage as part of their ‘Shops Docks & Factories’ themed festival, Counter Culture is a multi-media exploration into the heritage of Newham, through the lens of its’ corner shops and their communities.

Frames Of Mind trained team of seven women, interested in heritage and telling stories, to co-produce three short films. The  Heritage Producers attended on-line workshops and received hands-on training in filming techniques and audio recording, on location in corner shops. 

” This is a good way to record history and I enjoyed the opportunity to learn new skills. I think the project increased a sense of belonging… I felt part of the community”  Heritage Producer

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

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

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 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.

Eastbury Saved is a visitor experience film for Eastbury Manor House in Barking, commissioned to engage new and younger audiences with its rich heritage. Using a mixture of stop frame animation and live action, Eastbury Saved playfully recounts the buildings dramatic 446 years of existence, in 4.46 minutes, its diverse incarnations and occupants and how it was saved from destruction.

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

Newham Heritage Month 2021 – theme ‘Shops Docks and Factories’.

Counter Culture is a multi-media exploration into the heritage of Newham, through the lens of its corner shops and their communities.

Newham word Festival

Age is Not Beige was a series of digital art workshops which explored the language and imagery associated with age and ageing, exploding outmoded ageisms.

National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Manor Park Library.

At Your Convenience is a documentary and photomontage project inspired by the bathroom suppliers, H.M. James & Sons Ltd on Romford Road Est. 1881.

 
 

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.


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