Sometimes it can feel a bit scary. We stand with one foot in a digital world, the other in the world of documentary evidence and physical artefact. We want to share the story of Wincobank Chapel with all, preserving it for generations to come, but we are scared to risk losing that story should the digital world implode leaving only a vapour trail.
The Media Trust training with Roy Heath was reassuring and helped clarify the distinction between the actual project and the digital record . We aim to create both a digital and physical archive and keep this blog as a log of our journey.
It was good to be reminded that this is a community project, not a professional commission. We have a wealth of material to draw on but we can collect just a cross-section of memories. We do not have to interview the entire population of Sheffield but we do need to share what we create. Volunteers don’t have to become experts but the project will only bloom if as many people as possible contribute in whatever way they feel comfortable.
We still have a lot of interesting things to do but it all feels less daunting now.