Memory Bank: Life on the Home Front

Age UK Bradford & District, along with colleagues from four other Age UK branches across the region have teamed up with the Yorkshire Film Archive to produce a brand new reminiscence resource, Memory Bank: Life on the Home Front, based on local archive film footage of life in the 1940s and ‘50s.  The project was made possible thanks to the Chancellor's LIBOR fund.

Age UK Bradford have already held their first Memory Bank sessions, which have been a great success, leaving veterans with smiles on their faces and comments including:

‘Haven’t enjoyed an afternoon so much for years!’

‘Marvellous films, so good to talk about those times again.’ 

‘Made me feel like it was only yesterday – thank you very much, when’s the next one?’

Now Age UK are starting to rollout sessions across Yorkshire.  Brian Percival, Aged Veterans Coordinator at Age UK Bradford & District says: ‘The secret to the success of this project are the films themselves; they bring the sessions alive because everyone shares those memories, and they are such a delight to watch. Within minutes the conversations are flowing and there are some fantastic stories being shared – it’s amazing what you learn. This really is such a great resource!’

Memory Bank uses carefully selected archive films to connect the past with the present, helping to re-discover memories, stimulate conversations and share stories, or simply sit back and enjoy.

The films that have been produced by Yorkshire Film Archive as part of the Memory Bank: Life on the Home Front DVD pack include the rise of the Home Guard, the jobs that women took on to support the war effort, the impact on children, VE Day celebrations, and the return to peace in our times as people looked forward to the future with events including the Coronation of our young Queen, along with the newly-found freedoms of the next generation.

Sue Howard, Director of the Yorkshire Film Archive says ‘Here at the Archive we have a wealth of footage that shows what life was like across every decade of the twentieth century. Our job is to ensure these films are preserved, but that is only half the story – the most important part of our work is to ensure that our collections can be seen and enjoyed by everyone, and developing Memory Bank has been hugely rewarding. They connect a whole generation of people with their past, and give the opportunities to prompt and share memories of a time gone by. What is fantastic about working with Age UK is that they have the networks and connections to reach out to people that simply wouldn’t have the opportunity to see these films otherwise. It is a great example of how working in partnership brings out the best for everyone.’

For details on how to join in, contact Brian Percival:

brian.percival@ageukbradfordanddistrict.org.uk 

01274 301413