This Is Us: Project update

This Is Us – the past, present and future of Sincil Bank, Lincoln (2018 – 2019).

Our current project This Is Us has been live since the Summer and as we lead up to the Christmas break, our Creative Engagement Manager Boseda Olawoye takes a look back at the community engagement project exploring the history of industry and migration in Sincil Bank, Lincoln through the eyes of local residents.

This Is Us, supported through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), focuses on the changes in the Sincil Bank area through the history of locally based engineering firm Robey & Co Ltd (Est 1854 to 1988) and its workers.

During the Summer participants worked with artist Cola Jennings who led a series of storytelling workshops at the Bridge Community Hub. Participants created their own scrapbooks and shared their memories of living in the area, whilst discovering more about the individual lives of Robey’s employees and their experience of working in the factory.  One of younger participants was so inspired by the diary of an apprentice she recorded her own diary – or day in the life of working in the factory. 

“ It made me think about the past and how lucky we are.“- Ellie (under 16), Story of Us participant

During October to November participants (Adults) worked with photographers Michelle Walsh and Hazel Donnelly for our first Picture of Us Project. Participants captured stunning images of the people behind new businesses in the area, diversity of the community and the interior of the former site of Robey’s.

“It is really important for me and for my kids.  We must know about history where we live” Ludmila, Picture of Us participant

On Saturday 17 November 2018 photographer Kelly O’Brien led our Picture of Us  one day workshop. We had perfect weather – bright sunny clear blue skies and participants took to the streets to capture Sincil Bank.

Coming Soon 2019 – Lives of Us Documentary Film

Are you based in Sincil Bank and would you like to meet new people and make a documentary about the area?   We would love to hear from you!

We are looking for local residents to take part in our Community Ambassador scheme (volunteers 18+). You will have the opportunity to be trained in interviewing and recording, and will interview people with a great story tell about living in the area, who may have worked or knew someone who worked in Robey’s factory. The Ambassadors will work with a local filmmaker to produce a film about the history of the place and its people.

For more information about the project or how to get involved please email bo@thresholdstudios.tv.