Over 100 young people have worked with MediaActive alongside, historians, media artists, journalists, archives and museums to uncover some of the ‘stories’ of the First World War. Looking at first hand accounts of WWI, including the work of war artists, poets and journalists, along with archive material, photographs, film, diaries, and letters from the frontline and home, the young people have used digital media to create a variety of materials that can be shared with contemporary audiences, through social media and a dedicated Eyewitness website

http://www.eyewitnessww1.co.uk

The Eyewitness website has also been designed and produced by the young people themselves using a a free online website creator

Eyewitness 1 - Your Voice - animatingIn addition, as part of the project, a team of twelve young people recruited through MediaActive’s 2014 BFI Film Academy, and working with filmmaking mentors, produced the animation Your Voice Sings Not So Soft based on the history of Prees Heath Common and WWI. A selection of the work produced through the project was also exhibited at Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury between January and March 2016.

Eyewitness2 - team workingMediaActive have been so impressed with the diversity and ‘richness’ of the projects – both in terms of the creative ideas developed by the participants and the ‘form’ these ideas have taken. That is, to re-tell their World War One stories to a contemporary audience, the participants have used online platforms from Twitter to Facebook to Instagram to YouTube and Wix (a website template). They’ve also developed their photo and video editing skills, and not least, their team-working skills…it’s been an inspiring project to facilitate – certainly we think many of the individual projects have the potential to be developed further….watch this space!

By Richard Hepenstal