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Time capsule event at OpenStorytellers

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The charity OpenStoryTellers were recently proud to host a very special event at their headquarters below RISE Frome. 

Alongside a visitor from the National Lottery and Deputy Mayor Anita Collier, the Memory People group buried a time capsule. Inside the unassuming looking metal box, is a treasure trove of people’s memories and personal stories connected to OpenStoryTellers – all transformed into tactile and hand-crafted objects.

Project co-ordinator Simon Blakeman says, “The time capsule is a fascinating project that has been helping us to understand how memories and other ideas can be made tangible – holding those memories, like a three dimensional journal.”

OpenStoryTellers is a charity that works to enrich and empower the lives of people who have learning disabilities and autism through story. 

They work by telling and sharing stories, including personal narrative as well as classic stories, using a collaborative, inclusive approach. Story – in all its guises – plays a major role in helping people to build relationships and a strong sense of identity, share experiences and take their rightful places in society.  

Memory People is just one of the groups that take place throughout the week. The project is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. Memory People is exploring how, through exploring and communicating memory, a sustainable social enterprise can grow that will operate within the charity.

The time capsule will be buried away and only opened on Twelfth Night 2022. In the here and now, it comes at a very poignant moment in the life of OpenStoryTellers as they welcome in their new director Alex McNeil, who says, “OpenStoryTellers is an extraordinary charity that succeeds in being an arts-led organisation with social care benefits. I am thrilled to be part of such an essential, creative group and we have big plans for 2020 in Frome!”

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