At Bristol Helps Communities Put Incoming Culture Online

By 24 Hour Museum Staff | 17 February 2005
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Shows a photograph of a view of the exterior of At-Bristol. In the foreground on the right are two silver pillars. In the background on the left is a large silver ball.

At-Bristol brings science, nature and art to life in the centre of Bristol. Courtesy At Bristol.

At-Bristol has teamed up with Channel 4 and Culture Online for a national initiative to celebrate the experience and contribution of Britain's incoming cultures.

Aimed at challenging stereotypes and encouraging members of different communities to voice their experiences, ORIGINATION: INSITE offers a chance for individuals and community groups in the South-West to create their own websites.

A series of four free two-day workshops will take place in At-Bristol, designed to help people create websites, regardless of their technical ability, about subjects drawn from their cultural heritage and relationship with Britain.

As well as recording the stories of their community or how their family came to Britain, the project is a chance to highlight and show off the positive ideas, practices, talents and perspectives they brought with them.

Shows a screenshot of the Wildwalk: Food and Flavours website.

The Wildwalk: Food and Flavours website introduces you to some of the food plants to be found in the botanical houses of Wildwalk-At-Bristol and demonstrates uses in our own culture and in the cultures of their origin. Courtesy At Bristol.

"The positive contribution of incoming cultures to contemporary Britain is one of the patchiest areas of British history," said Heather Rabbatts, Managing Director, Channel 4. Learning.

"We are delighted to be working with At-Bristol on the ORIGINATION: INSITE project to help capture the rich diversity of modern Britain and enable people across the country to tell their stories in this major online space, creating a very different map of the UK."

The At-Bristol workshops are taking place on February 26 and 27, March 12 and 13 and April 16 and 17 2005.

Using free online resources and easy-to-use web-building tools supplied by partner companies Zyweb and Moonfruit, participants will be taught best practice in website design, structure and content. The idea behind it all is to help people share and record online aspects of the contribution of their original community to the history and culture of modern Britain.

These stories might range, for example, from rap as poetry to the rise of the Asian GP, from a biography of an overlooked black British scientist like Lewis Latimer (who worked with Graham Bell on the development of the telephone) to the Kindertransporte, which brought children fleeing Nazi oppression to this country.

Shows a photograph of the interior of the Explore Gallery at At-Bristol. It is glass fronted and the exhibits on display look very hi-tech.

Courtesy At Bristol.

"At-Bristol is really excited to be a part of the ORIGINATION: INSITE project and we’re looking forward to working with a wide cross-section of the community," said Philip Walker, At-Bristol’s Media and Arts Education Officer.

"To inspire everyone taking part, we’ve created two brand new websites reflecting global themes in At-Bristol and I can’t wait to see everyone learning web design skills and building websites of their own."

To apply to take part in a two-day course you can register your interest at www.channel4.com/insite. However, places are limited, so only those with the most creative ideas for their website will get on.

ORIGINATION: INSITE is funded by Culture Online, part of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, which commissions interactive projects to extend access to the Arts.

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