Ruth Thomson, and Reel Lewes: Lewes at the Pictures – an oral history project
This talk and film show is by Reel Lewes, a small group of local film-makers, researchers and writers, who were inspired by the building of Depot to find out about the history of cinema-going in Lewes.
Researcher, Tony Dowmunt explains: “We went first to secondary sources like the local press, the Keep and some U3A audio interviewees, then appealed widely for living interviewees (including at an LHG meeting, in Lewes News and on the Lewes Past website). The resulting oral history video interviews (about 30 in all) form the core of our research findings, in particular the memories they uncover from the 1930s to the 1960s, when both the de Luxe cinema on School Hill and the Odeon on Cliffe were thriving.”
At this talk, the team will share the development of the research process, plus how and why they have chosen to present their findings in three distinct outcomes:
1) An exhibition at Depot
2) Ruth Thomson’s book Screen Stories – Lewes goes to the Pictures (published 27 May 2017 by the Lewes History Group)
3) An oral history film, Big Screen Memories. Extracts will be shown at the talk.
All are welcome from 7.00pm for free refreshments and updates on the Group’s activities. The talk will begin promptly at 7:30pm and will finish by 9.00pm.
There is an entry fee for these meetings, payable at the door, of £2 for members, and £3 for non-members.
Venue: The King’s Church building on Brooks Road, Lewes, BN7 2BY. (Between Tesco car park and Homebase)
See the Meetings page for a list of forthcoming monthly talks organised by the Lewes History Group.