The photographic collection of over 15,000 images will be accessible with displays of work shown on boards, in exhibitions, on pcs held in the digital archive and in workshops on an overhead screen. St Mary’s will celebrate local themes helping to enrich the lives of the citizens of Lichfield City
The diversity of pictures, films and videos that we hold in our collection is astonishing and includes:
• Film clips of the Flying Scotsman steaming through Lichfield City or Lichfield Bower in the 1950’s – present day
• Pictures of local streets, pubs, shops, houses and how the landscape of our City and District has changed
• Postcards, historical pamphlets, documents – boxes of Ephemera
Sharing memories will take place in one of two ways: reminiscence sessions, which usually involve (small) groups in conversation, showing photographs of old Lichfield and District as well as, and often described as, oral-history sessions, which can involve groups or individuals, and are recorded.
Oral histories have been collected in the past, so, along with those historic sessions, we can collect via audio or video recordings, photographs or in written form.
These sessions can reveal unknown or forgotten stories, from new perspectives, which can help many visitors to our city learn about places, customs, attitudes, ways of life in the past, and will contribute to a permanent archive of information which might otherwise be lost.