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Animations, flip cameras and sound effects at Sudbury!

Last week a group of  staff and volunteers had a great day learning about filming and video techniques from our New Media Consultant, James Reader from Front Row Films.

I have to say, I was fairly nervous about this event.  We had such a mixed group of ages, abilities and experience that I was worried people might find it all too irrelevant.  However, I couldn’t have been more surprised.

James adapted a workshop he normally delivers to kids in schools…this was the level we needed!

With funding via the Reniassance East Midlands MuBu project we have been able to purchase 3 flip cameras.  Our first task of the day, after learning about the 4 different types of shot (wide screen, close up etc) was to go and have a play…and play we did…..


The morning was spent going out and about making short clips using the 4 techniques we had been shown.  Some of us went into the Hall and recorded factual tours around the rooms, whilst others stayed fairly local to the Parish Rooms and focused on sites  such as the pub and the bowling green.

In the afternoon we had great fun making short stop motion animations using toys from our handling collections.

Stop motion animation.

 We are now thinking of lots of ways in which we can apply this to things we do in the museum.  Having a go with dubbing over these with sound effects was also great fun….some people even carried on experimenting with this in the kitchen over coffee and biscuits…..

Adding sound effects.

What a great day.  Feed back from all those involved appears to be very positive.  Next step is to make sure we don’t lose momentum and that we carry on filming and getting creative with our collections!


Socially Networked Preservation?!

So, Sudbury Hall and The National Trust of Childhood has finally dipped it’s toe into the world of Web 2.0….and maybe we’ve started to paddle a little bit too….

Thanks to a grant from Renaissance East Midlands and their regional digital programme called MuBu (Museum Buddies), we are now working on a project to help connect our museum with (new) audiences. MuBu is helping us to generate these audiences through social networking online by offering us support through grant funding, advice and training and networking opportunities. Our project has already grown and developed from our original intentions of giving people an insight into the conservation work we do – particularly when Sudbury Hall is closed to the public. The original idea stemmed from a successful conservation based event that we already run at the property called ‘Pests, Polish and Pony Hair’.

We decided that we would like to build on this and use social networking to help improve and deliver education in conservation and to showcase our work to new communities. The collections care work we undertake here is to be communicated to a variety of audiences through video streaming and creating discussions.

Our project aims include:

1. Improve our offer for different audiences and connect with new communities.

2. Increase development opportunities for staff in both conservation and digital media.

3. Provide diverse volunteering opportunities.

4. Provide greater access for the public to the work of the Trust.

5. Help to show why income is important to our property.

6. Build on an already successful event in a new and innovative way.

7. Pilot a new method of ‘socially networked preservation’ for the Trust.

 8. Showcase the work that Sudbury and the NT has, in the past, done behind closed doors.

9. Use the outcomes of this project to help develop interpretation throughout the hall and the museum.

We are also very keen to also provide more access to our museum collections through this project. We are working on devising trails and have already started putting photos of recent acquisitions (such as this one eyed cat) on Facebook etc. Collections Assistants, Sue and Helen, and a small team of volunteers, have been working very hard to get this side of the project rolling.

We are working closely with a film-maker and a community development co-ordinator to help us deliver this project. After a day of filming last month, we are now at the editing stage with a number of short films where staff and volunteers are introducing themselves and talking about their different roles at Sudbury. These should hopefully be on YouTube very shortly, so watch this space!

And this is our very own one-eyed cat, Albie, who lives on the property. Maybe he can become a film star in his own right as the project progresses!


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