My Story is an intergenerational project launched in 2011 which aims to record interesting stories from older peoples’ lives. The older people work in collaboration with members of the younger generation to create a short film based on a recorded interview in which the older person shares a recollection about a period of their life. The interview is then edited into a short film which is uploaded onto the My Story website.
The stories are being collected in the UK, Romania, Slovenia, Lithuania and Finland, with each country representing their own unique people and history.
My Story aims to demonstrate that our past is larger than can be contained by history books. It shows that history is life in its complexity: people, actions, feelings, experience, dreams, opinions and interpretations - all put together to engage the receiver (be it reader or listener) in a dynamic relation with a past that can only be accessed through the stories of those who have lived it.
Older people involved with the project have reported a boost in self-esteem after being interviewed and asked to share a story. One participant said “it deepens the experience by reflecting on it”.
After the films have been posted online the young person then supports the older person in using the internet to locate their film. Developing the skills to search the internet for images and websites related to their personal history has enabled the older people to acquire an interest in getting online to make connections and access information.
The My Story team looks at history as a continuous, active relation between the past and the present, in which a new generation is in search of an identity of its own. It believes that without knowing our roots there is less chance of being able to build a relevant future
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