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High Spen Then and Now

Children and older residents from High Spen come together to make a film about the area's heritage.

Who is Taking Part

We were very pleased to bring together children from High Spen Primary School and local residents to make a film about the area’s heritage.


  • To learn about the area’s rich history.
  • Learn digital skills such as digitising and downloading archive images.
  • make a film with interviews of the older people.

    What Happened

    The older people helped the students identify locations from old photos and took them there to recapture the location from the same vantage point as the original photo. The children learned to merge the old and new photos to create a new image of new and old together.

    They developed film making skills and interviewed each other and the older people. Our filmmaker, Ronnie Johnston then made a short film featuring the photos and interviews.


    We will hold a celebration event with film screening and photo exhibition, inviting the community, asking the learners to introduce their project so they have a sense of self confidence, develop their self esteem and media skills as well as fostering a great deal of community cohesion.

    They worked together to produce pieces of which they can be proud and recognized for this in their community and further afield through social media and the Land of Oak and Iron project. We will also create the opportunity for learning amongst the pupils about their culture, history and their environment and create lasting memories linked to this to make it meaningful and important.

    Benefits for Participants

    The groups had the opportunity to develop I.T. and communication skills, with the added confidence-boost of hosting their event.


    We are grateful to The Land of Oak & Iron for part funding this project.

    Who Else Would Benefit From This Sort of Project

    This is a great way to bring different generations together.