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Simon Popple, Andrew Prescott, and Daniel Mutibwa

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781447341895

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447341895.001.0001

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Memories on film: public archive images and participatory film‑making with people with dementia

Memories on film: public archive images and participatory film‑making with people with dementia

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(p.65) 5 Memories on film: public archive images and participatory film‑making with people with dementia
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Communities, Archives and New Collaborative Practices
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Andrea Capstick

Katherine Ludwin

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447341895.003.0005

This chapter explores the use of images from local history archives in the co-construction of short individual films with people with dementia. The study on which the chapter is based was carried out with two men and eight women living in a housing-with-care facility in the northern United Kingdom. The chapter finds that archive images quickly took on a central role in the film narratives of several of the participants. In the process, the archive materials themselves were also transformed, memorialising the everyday spaces and places in which the participants had lived. In this study, archive images were often used to elicit memories of people, or places that no longer look the same in the present day. The chapter reveals that such images were often more recognisable to the participants than were contemporary photographs. This corresponds with research into the ‘reminiscence bump’, which suggests that autobiographical memory for the period between about five and thirty years of age remains well preserved in people living with dementia.

Keywords:   dementia, local history archives, short films, archive images, film narratives, reminiscence bump, participatory film-making

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