Friday, 10 May 2013

History In The Making - Oar Makers & Alchester Project

I was commissioned by the Oxfordshire Museum Service and the Archeology department to document a series of events and educational activities exploring the County's artifacts that display traditional crafts and skills, as well as local artists and craftspeople who inspire future generations.

History in the Making is a project of the Oxfordshire Museum Service and was funded by Arts Council England as part of the Aspire programme 

The Oxfordshire Oar Makers 
Running Time: 17.16 min
Museum Services Volunteers Caroline & Roger become curious when a Rowing Oar is donated to the Museum along with an essay about the craft. The film follows their research as they discover how the craft developed from 1932 and played out onto a world stage with techniques that still survives today. 
 Broadcast as part of the Channels POSTCARDS series in 2013 and 2014 
on The Community Channel  
 *Sky 539 *Virgin Media 23
Other screenings Detroit's Museum of New Art  September 2013 
Portobello Film Festival September 2014
To view documentary click here: The Oxfordshire Oar Makers

Alchester Project
Running Time: 15 min 
Alchester project, observing army Cadets from Woodstock and Elsfield  working with memorial sculptor Alec Peever to design a war memorial, celebrating the traditions of Stonemasonry and the techniques originally used by Roman Stonemasons that still exist today. Army cadets design a war memorial inspired
 by the Roman tombstone, which was excavated in 2003 at Alchester.
The Memorial stone of the second Augstan  Legion -Lucius Valerius Geminus.
The cadets Memorial stone will be unveiled on Remembrance Sunday 2013.
The film will be screened at the Oxfordshire Soldiers Museum in Woodstock .
Also broadcast as part of the POSTCARDS series a double episode 
with Unearthing The Anglo Saxons
on Sky 539 | Virgin Media 233 | Freesat 651| Freeview 63
To view documentary click here: Alchester Project
Other screenings Portobello Film Festival 2014

Cadets with The Ermine Street Guard

 Cadets studying the Alchester Stone with Colour Sjt Wayne Robinson and 
Stephen Barker Learning and Participation Manager - Soldiers of Oxfordshire

 Sara Morton  Objects Conservator (Archaeology) and Dr Chris Ferguson Curator of Archaeology

 Alec Peever 'Memorial Sculptor'

The Alchester Project also features on The Archaeology Channels new strand Portraits of Humanity. Portraits of Humanity 
Also lesson plans for teachers from The Archaeology Channel Lesson Plan 3 Alchester Memorial Stone

"Thank you so much for all the work you have done to promote this (Unearthing The Anglo Saxons) and the other two films, it really does make a huge difference to us in terms of being able to reach new and wider audiences."
Carol Anderson
Oxfordshire Museums Service Manager 

For more information on the History In The Making Project see below:

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