MSL Discover: Our Past, Our Future Workshops
We are MSL Discover, based at Rock House in central Hastings. We are recruiting a small group of local people to work in a supportive space on a new digital history project. This November and December we are running 12 affordable workshops for people who want to re-kindle their creative skills.

We have won funding and support from The Space (https://www.thespace.org) to work with older creative people across the town. You’ll work with expert researchers, museum professionals and storytellers to explore the town history and make your own web stories for publication online.

Our Past, Our Future consists of twelve low-cost half-day workshops beginning on November 6. The workshops are aimed at specific participants:

- People around or over 50 years of age (some flexibility)

- Coming to the end of one career and looking for new opportunities?

- Want to retrain with new digital skills like writing for the web or social media?

- Passionate about history or creative writing but haven’t worked for a while?

To get the most out of the project we recommend participants take part in as many sessions as possible so that you get a chance to create something we can publish. We recommend that all participants attend the first session so that they get a good understanding of the aims of the project. We have funding to create 15-25 digital pieces of work to add to our interactive history map, so we’ve got plenty of work to do.

Participants will work with expert researcher Julie Gidlow, and museum researcher Sarah French to search the collection at Hastings Museum for stories. Experienced writer and storyteller Rosanna Lowe will help attendees create stories and edit their text. They’ll also work with Roy Penfold from the excellent Historical Hastings Facebook group, which has amassed a vast archive of historical content.

The programme runs over four weeks and attendees will be encouraged to attend as many of the 12 workshops as possible. Most sessions are £3. The cost of your first session is £10, the second session is £5 and all following sessions are £3.

Attendees will learn about:

- Creative writing

- Writing for the web

- Social media

- Recording sound and podcasts

- Making Wikipedia entries

From workshop one, participants will learn new skills in a supportive and relaxed environment, and they will be guided to choose key themes and stories from history that might be important touch points for us today.

Attendees will be encouraged to complete at least one piece of published work online.

Interested?

See the list of workshop dates below and have a think about signing up. We have arranged sessions usually on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, so if you miss one of the sessions, you can catch up at the next one.

Wednesday 6th November, 11am-1pm: Introduction to the project and what we would like to achieve.
Discovery & Research. Introduction to the museum collection. With Jon Pratty, Rosanna Lowe, Julie Gidlow and Sarah French.
Location: Durbar Hall, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery.

Friday 8th November, 11am-1pm: Discovery and research. Introduction to research methods and digging for stories. With Julie Gidlow and Sarah French.
Location: Local Studies Room, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery.

Thursday 14th November, 11am -1pm: Creative Writing: Storytelling, generating and developing ideas. With Rosanna Lowe.
Location: Local Studies Room, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery.

Friday 15th November, 11am -1pm: Creative Writing: Storytelling, generating and developing ideas. With Rosanna Lowe.
Introduction to the Historical Hastings Facebook group and how it works. With Roy Penfold.
Location: Local Studies Room, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery.

Tuesday 19th November, 11am -1pm: Digital Animation with Lee Shearman (https://www.leeshearman.com/)
Location: Local Studies Room, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery.

Wednesday 20th November, 11am -1pm: Creative Writing: Writing, making pieces and editing. With Rosanna Lowe.
Location: Durbar Hall, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery.

Thursday 21st November, 10.30am -1.30pm
10.30-11.30am Edward Preston talk on the America Ground. Followed by a discussion and feedback session on people's ideas and where they are up to with the project.
Location: Local Studies Room, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery.

Friday 22nd November, 11am-1pm: Creative Writing: Writing, making pieces, editing. With Rosanna Lowe.
Taster session: Writing for the web, social media and content creation.
Moving image, digital photography. Recording sound and podcasting. Explore the interactive map. Upload finished content to the interactive map so participants can see published work. With Jon Pratty.
Location: Local Studies Room, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery.

Tuesday 26th November, 11am -1pm: Digital Animation with Lee Shearman (https://www.leeshearman.com/)
Location: Local Studies Room, Hastings Museum

Wednesday 27th November: 11am -1pm: Wikipedia: Wikimedian Roy Penfold will chose pieces of work to be put up on Wikipedia and explain the process of creating and updating a Wikipedia page.
Location: Project Space, Rock House, Cambridge Road, Hastings.

Thursday 28th November: 11-1pm: Moving image, digital photography. Recording sound and podcasting. Explore the interactive map. Web authoring, making web pages. Upload finished content to the interactive map and view published work.
With Jon Pratty.
Location: Local Studies Room, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery.

Friday 29th November: 11am -1pm: Sound recording of stories and posting on social media. Review & Achievement.
With Rosanna Lowe and Jon Pratty.
Location: Local Studies Room, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery.

We recommend that participants bring their own laptops or tablets to the sessions if possible but we are able to provide some Ipads for use during the sessions. Please email admin@mslprojects.co.uk if you require one.

Parking is available in the museum car park. If you have any issues on the days that sessions are taking place please contact Jon Pratty: 07739 287392

For more information please visit our website: http://www.mslprojects.co.uk/ or contact admin@mslprojects.co.uk / 01424 234 000

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