The See Me Too project articulates Swindon's diverse heritage enabling communities and young people to explore and celebrate how the town's rich history has been shaped by people from across the country and continents over centuries.
With support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, more than 40 interviews were recorded by the Create Studios team over 6 months in 2018. They discovered stories of movement, migration and hope from former GWR railway workers, Nepalese, Afro-Caribbean communities and members of The Harbour Project who support refugees.
These moving stories went on to inspire See Me Too's Lead Artist, Gurchetan Singh to create a series of films and photographs with young people from The Dorcan Academy and Create's own award-winning Talent Development group, MassMedia.
The exhibition of films, photography and this unique See Me Too website made by Lee Scott (Bath Spa University) to explore the stories, launched in October 2018 ahead of a 4 month tour of Swindon and Wiltshire heritage venues.
Some See Me Too stories were also featured on BBC Radio Wiltshire over Autumn 2018
As well as being available on this website, all of the contemporary interviews by the See Me Too contributors will be held in regional archives to be discovered by future generations, along with the media projects they inspired.
In this way, See Me Too has brought up to date the record of Swindon migration and the diverse contribution of many communities to the success of the thriving town.
"No one has been capturing contemporary Swindon history in the way that Create Studios have done. See Me Too and their 2016 Digital Journeys initiative have made unique contributions to regional archives and Swindon's understanding of it rich diverse heritage."
- Daryl Moody, Local Studies (Swindon Central Library)
Create Studios is an award winning digital agency working nationally from their base in Swindon's emerging Cultural Quarter, and will mark their 35th Anniversary in 2019.
One of Arts Council England's National Portfolio Organisations, and supported by Swindon Borough Council, Create work with 9000 people a year. Their Create Inclusion programme offers opportunities for participants to develop new digital skills, connect with their communities and make choices about their future.
The Create Talent strand grows the next generation of digital media creatives, supported by income from commercial Create Production projects, grounding the Social Enterprise model.Each of these three strands supports Create's aim to make inspirational digital projects with our partners.
Find out more createstudios.org.uk
Gurch Singh has over 14 years experience of making short films and online content and regularly mentors young people in the Create Talent strand.
His short films have been screened internationally and nationally at Brief Encounters and BAFTA. He has created content for some for the world's largest companies including Coca-Cola, Zurich and Barclays.
Gurch is currently the Senior Film Creative at Create Studios where he leads on their commercial productions as well as mentoring the next generation of filmmakers.
All of the contemporary interviews by the See Me Too participants will be held in regional archives to be discovered by future generations, along with the media projects they inspired. Visitors to The Local Studies Collection at Swindon Central Library and Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre in Chippenham will be able to access all See Me Too material from 2019.
Thank you to all the See Me Too participants and partners who made this project possible, especially the Heritage Lottery Fund who funded the See Me Too project.
See how The Heritage Lottery Fund supports projects around the UK.
If you want to know more about See Me Too, request the forthcoming Schools Workshop package, or contribute your own story to local archives then please get in touch at email@example.com