Family lives over time

The Timescapes Research team is staging an exhibition on Family Lives Over Time at the Leeds City Art Gallery on Saturday 29 October.


For the past five years the Timescapes project has been exploring how family and personal lives are worked out over time and across the generations.  Researchers from five universities have been 'walking alongside' people from all walks of life and all ages, to document how their lives unfold and to understand these changes from the perspectives of the people themselves.  In this way, Timescapes attempts to turn our 'snap shots' of social life into a film, complete with personal narratives, photos, videos and sound recordings. These materials have been gathered together to form the Timescapes Archive, a resource of data for the use of future researchers and social historians.

The exhibition in the Henry Moore Room at Leeds City Art Gallery will draw on the rich accounts of young people, parents, grandparents and the oldest generation gathered as part of the research programme.  The exhibition will also include materials from the Mass Observation Archive.  Based in Sussex, this is a historical archive that has been documenting the ordinary everyday lives of people across the UK since before the second world war.

Visitors will have the chance to contribute their own memories of family life, which will be displayed during the event on a "memory wall" and later featured on the Timescapes website.

As part of the exhibition, at 1.00pm there will be a free session on how to research and record your family history.  Places will be limited, so please book in advance by emailing Jamie Knipe (including your name and contact details) or telephoning on 0113 343 3571.

The exhibition will be open from 10.00am to 4.30pm.  It is free and open to all.

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