And that was the start is the name we’ve given to the first CAT Oral History Project podcast, telling the story of the first year of CAT through the voices of the people who were there at the time. The podcast includes the voices of local people who saw this strange group of people arrive in the Dyfi Valley and some of the workers and volunteers who started the work of transforming the disused quarry. Have a listen here.
Dewch draw i un o’n digwyddiadau hanes llafar ym mis Ionawr. Bydd pob digwyddiad yn cynnwys arddangosfeydd, perfformiad sain a chyfle i recordio eich hanner awr eich hun o hanes gydag un o’n gwirfoddolwyr sydd wedi’u hyfforddi ym maes hanes llafar.
Cysylltwch â firstname.lastname@example.org 01654 705978 am fwy o fanylion.
Dydd Iau, Ionawr 17eg 4yh–9yh Caffi’r Chwarel, Machynlleth Bydd bwyd a diod ar gael
Dydd Sadwrn, Ionawr 19eg 11yb–3yp Canolfan Owain Glyndŵr, Machynlleth Bydd lluniaeth ar gael
Dewch draw unrhyw bryd!
For the past six months I’ve been engaged on an incredibly interesting oral history project about the Centre for Alternative Technology. Next week sees the first fruits of the project launched in Machynlleth, a temporary exhibition and podcast revealing the origins of CAT. Over 15 volunteers and myself have interviewed over 70 people so far, with more to follow, and the process has been absolutely fascinating. This is one of the most interesting things I’ve done in my career, as I’ve personally had the opportunity to interview 30 people. Oral history builds unexpected links between people and provides space for people to have their story heard. This project has revealed many hidden stories about CAT and the people who made it. I’ll post the link to the podcast here next Thursday. Meanwhile check out the details of the events by clicking here and by looking on my news and dates page. I’ll be posting more about the project in the coming months.
The Centre for Alternative Technology will be 40 years old next year. To commemorate, celebrate and investigate its history we are looking for up to 10 local volunteers to help create the CAT Oral History project. Each volunteer will receive oral history training from the British Library (given at CAT) and will interview at least four people. In total the oral histories of at least 80 people will be recorded and then delivered to the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth, where they will be made available to the public. Oral history projects are very rewarding experiences for interviewees and interviewers; they provide participants with a unique connection to the past. All the oral histories we record during the project will contribute to a history book and during the project we hope to explore possible future projects to bring CAT’s past to life, perhaps through local events and performance. Join us in this unique project. Contact me by leaving a comment via the blog and I’ll get back in touch. The CAT oral history project is supported by GLASU.
Come to CAT on wednesday 29th August and enjoy the Arts and Sustainability Fair. I’ll be reading from Curious Incidents in the Garden at Night-time, my book about moths, climate change and evolution, and also (probably) hosting a sustainable swing dance lesson. There’s loads of different things happening during the day so come over and enjoy.
The Emergence Summit at CAT includes a land walk and a conference and gives artists working in all mediums the chance to come together and uncover the role of artists in addressing the pressing challenges of our time. It will be an inspiring event to be part of and I’ll be there for the whole weekend, including a workshop session I’m hosting on the saturday. There’s still time to book. The walk starts the 1st September, the conference starts the 7th. There’s a lot of amazing activity to be part of so please take a look at the website and book up asap.
Festival of the Future takes place throughout the school summer holidays from 21st July until 31st August. Daily activities will incorporate creative renewable energy and sustainability themed activities for children, with talks and informative tours led by staff and researchers at CAT for adults. Every Wednesday will see special events for kids and adults such as storytelling and specialist tours of CAT’s renewable energy systems.
Two one-day special events will form the climaxes of the summer programme: Energy Day on the 8th August and an Arts and Sustainability Fair on the 29th August. Both days will be packed full of informative and inspiring activities and entertainment including stalls, music, workshops, storytelling, exhibitions, guest speakers and more, all themed around building a brighter, more sustainable future for the UK and beyond.