Weston Museum to house exhibition about the history of the Bournville estate
PUBLISHED: 11:00 19 July 2018 | UPDATED: 11:47 19 July 2018
An exhibition detailing the history of Weston’s Bournville estate is coming to Weston Museum tomorrow (Friday).
The Truth Behind The Chocolate Houses will open at the museum, in Burlington Street, with a launch event taking place from 4-6pm and will run until August 12.
The project is a collaboration between the museum and Bristol-based video production company Boomsatsuma which received a grant of £32,700 from The Heritage Lottery Fund in December.
It aims to highlight the history of the Bournville estate and the people who have lived on it, from its origins in 1927 to the present day.
People aged 11-19 who live on and around the estate were supported to create a feature-length professional documentary.
It seeks to understand what the estate was like and how it has changed through historical research and the oral history of the many elderly homeowners.
The film is due to be screened in August at Clevedon’s Curzon Cinema, in Old Church Road.
The team behind the project wanted to share their creative project with an interactive exhibition at Weston Museum.
It will explain the filmmaking process fully while also highlighting many of the stories which were shared in the process.
As one of the most deprived areas in the country, the Bournville estate was a target for Boomsatsuma.
Lyndsay Davies, project manager from Boomsatsuma, said: “The estate has such a rich history and meeting and engaging with the people, their stories and memories was incredibly rewarding for all involved.
“As an organisation, we see creative projects like this one as being hugely valuable for young people because it develops their creative skills, but also in this instance has helped lots of them develop a greater connection with their community.
“It’s been an intergenerational project, so relationships have been built which may otherwise not have emerged.
“We’d like to thank all the contributors for sharing their stories with us and we hope people in Weston will come and learn more about the truth behind this estate.”
For more information, visit www.boomsatsuma.com
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