The aim of Storytelling is to turn just a small part of the mass of historic population data that we've gathered about Brighton & Hove into stories about those who lived Here in the Past and then to use mobile technology to deliver these stories to people as they explore the same neighbourhoods today.
To do this, a team of volunteers trawl through old newspaper archives to find interesting articles. Using our database, then they find out who is involved, where they lived and use other sources to fill in the background details.
These sources can be records at our local history archive The Keep, published diaries and books, searches on genealogy websites, court records, school registers, maps and plans, all sorts of things.
As the story takes shape it is published to the website, see the list below.
Sometimes there are pieces of information missing and questions remaining to be answered and these are included in the narrative. We would be delighted if you can fill in some of these blanks for us, or send us your views on the issues raised.
Once a story is complete, it is used as a basis for writing audio recordings, seemingly as told by the voices of those who were there at the time. Samples of these can be found below.
The final step is to take the various character parts, comprising audio files, images and so on, and incorporate these into a mobile website or app. This will enable a user to explore the neighbourhood where a story took place, locate the various protagonists involved and hear their version of what happened in the place where it happened.
You can find out more about this here.
Here are links to some of the stories we have developed:
These two stories are about the role of overseas troops and labourers during World War One:
These four audio stories provide introductions to some of the Regency architects/builders that shaped Brighton & Hove:
Here are some more sample audio files from our experimental work with UCL (VisAge):