An interesting couple of session were spent at the Assynt Centre recently chatting with a group of older folk who meet regularly to improve their computer skills. The intention was to let the group know that their skills can be of use for the community by archiving some of their information, or information they generate using their computer skills.
We came up with some ideas, including short sessions in which people bring in interesting old photographs, and chat through the memories the pictures generate. The discussion can then either be recorded or filmed and the results put into the Archive. We tried this to see if it would work in practice, using a tablet computer to do the filming. The results were stunning, the discussion and additional background being absolutely riveting. We thought it would work best if there was a time limit on each discussion, to ensure good information. In this way, a broader group of people can contribute towards a contemporary and lively discussion, allowing a wider group of folk to take an active role in the Archive.
We will see what results from this. It was encouraging, though, to note that age is no barrier - in fact it's a positive advantage - to contributing to a community archive.