Player's Past

Player's Past

The Art of Advertising

We’ve started holding our creative writing sessions, led by playwright Andy Barrett.  The idea behind the project is that a group of young people will explore the collections, and then produce a short film looking at how advertising changed over time.  This film will form part of an exhibition at Nottingham Castle in July, which will show examples of tobacco advertising from the 1890s to the 1960s.

This week three former employees came in to talk about their time working at the Player’s factory.  It was really important that the group got a chance to meet former employees, and were free to ask them questions about any aspect of their experiences.  We had a very interesting discussion about attitudes to smoking and how the company had reacted to changes in legislation.  We also got a fascinating insight into a working culture that has long since passed.

We then set the group a challenge – to come up with an advert that would impress.  Roy (shown here) worked in the design department, so he gave great feedback on where to start and how campaigns evolve.

Next week we’ll be introducing the group to their film maker and starting to work on ideas for their film.  I’m sure whatever they come up with will use the collection in a  new and exciting way.

 
 

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