The Project Begins…..

The Cooke’s Studios are buzzing at the moment with activity on the new Cooke’s Creative Project.  For more information about the project or Signal Film and Media click on the above blog menu as put together recently by Rachel Capovila.  Drafted volunteers are now busy ferreting out information about the building and people associated with it.
They have begun to dig deep into the archives at Barrow Library Archive, with training and help from Librarian Glenn Lang, and a visit to the Evening Mail archive has been organised with their resident local historian and ‘Memories page’ editor Bill Myers.
Many local people with memories of Cooke’s have already got in touch and Project Leader Zosia Wand along with Margaret Hart, Pat Herman, Rachel Capovila and Jessica Cavanagh are organising a series of three themed afternoon teas for residents to come and share their recollections. Gorgeous invitation cards designed by Pat Herman have gone out this week, so we are eagerly awaiting the first session on 17th April.
Colin Bentham got cracking on the mood board, which is beginning to fill up with photos, old adverts and ideas brought in by people and is awaiting more content to follow shortly…..

Coming soon…
Sessions are planned for later this month with Ken Haworth, Oral History specialist and author of ‘Oral History: A Handbook’, who will be training us in how to extract the most exciting stories from participants and record them professionally and legally!
Then in May we will be doing writing and filmmaking sessions, leading in June and July into full on film productions and fabrication of an interpretation board presenting our findings, and culminating in a launch event for the films and a research exhibition in August.
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About cookescreativeheritage

The Cooke's Creative Heritage Project is an exploration of the history of the iconic Cooke's Building on Abbey Road in Barrow-in-Furness, using film, creative writing and digital media to bring the heritage of the former department store to life.
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