On Thursday morning representatives from various community groups in Hull gathered at
Arc, (Humber Centre for Excellence in the Built Environment) on Blanket Row.
If you are not aware of this new construction, have a look across the main road
almost opposite the King Billy statue in the old town.
There you will see a wedge shaped building with wind turbines on the site.
This unusual building is to become a focal point for local artists and organisations and will
serve as a meeting place and exhibition space for future users.
The event was to launch and publicise a new scheme created by a team of dedicated
artists and media specialists from Resound Community Partnership.
The aim of the project was to immerse people in a thought provoking audio tour as they walked
through the city centre, sharing the thoughts and memories of the people that have lived and worked in the city.
The invited audience were treated to a sample of the spoken memories accompanied by
images past and present of locations to be highlighted on the walk.
The images were shown alongside effective sound effects creating a strong sense of place.
The presentation was simple yet entertaining and informative.
The walk is open to both individuals and groups - including schools and colleges -
from all ages and social backgrounds and offers a rare insight into our local heritage.
Jo Millett of Resound expressed that cities are about people; and their sense of ownership
of where they live and work; she views Hull Soundwalks as a people-centred project.
The importance of inclusion was highlighted by Audrey Okyere-Fosu citing the need for
a wide spread of input and contributions to go forward to the recording process.
Bob Levene from Resound said it gave the opportunity for participants to stop, listen and
look at their surroundings, take in the buildings and places around them, that in the rush
of every day life would go unnoticed.
She also spoke of the difficult process of recording contributors' thoughts and memories.
Resound used their wide network of contacts in the community to seek out and then approach potential contributors.
By relaxing the contributors and creating the right conditions, the women of Resound collated the
proud and precious memories of Hull's residents.
Out of over forty different testaments, selections of recordings were edited and used as the
soundtrack to the walk.
Project Manager Rick Welton said he wishes to create a buzz within the community and to establish
Soundwalks as a unique tourist attraction.
He explained the walk's potential to bring a greater understanding of how the city once was
and how the shared experience, could serve to both educate and bond communities across different generations.
The event was well attended and well received by the audience.
Some important issues and questions were raised by different members of the audience including
the ownership of the memories and the need for the experience to be fairly and
accurately representative of all sections of society.
On Friday 31 March, Hull Community and Voluntary Services (CVS) are
celebrating as the West Hull MP the Right Hon Alan Johnson,
Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, presents Volunteer Centre Hull
with their Quality Standards Accreditation Award.
Awarded by the national volunteering organisation Volunteering England,
the award focuses on
News - 28th March 2006 - Local Public Sector Workers Come Out On Strike Over Pensions Row.
Crowds of public sector workers demonstrated today outside key workplaces in Hull
to protest against Government changes to their local government pension scheme (LGPS).
Cars passing the Guildhall honked their horns in response to the Unison placards
SOUND YOUR HORN IF YOU SUPPORT US.
The proposed changes would affect these public sector workers
News - Friday 2nd December 05 - Oxfam Lion Makes a Big Noise for Trade Justice
On Friday 2nd December, Hull campaigners will present Alan Johnson MP,
Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, with an Oxfam petition signed by over 700,000
people calling for trade justice at the forthcoming World Trade Organisation
The UK section of Oxfam's Big Noise to Make Trade Fair petition will be
handed over at Hull Guildhall,
News - Pooh Bear Reading Assistance Society Need Your Call!
The Pooh Bear Reading Assistance Society is an organisation which puts volunteers
into schools throughout Hull and the East Riding in order to help children who have reading
difficulties. They do fantastic work and have enriched the lives of countless kids over the years.
Unfortunately, they have a constant struggle to raise funds for the work they do
News - Press Release - Make Poverty History - Mass Crossing of Humber Bridge Monday 27th June
Hull cyclists will be taking part in a mass crossing of the Humber Bridge in support
of the Make Poverty History campaign.
The Jubilee 2005 Africa team cycling from London to Edinburgh will be met on
Monday 27th June by cyclists from Hull at the south side of the Humber Bridge.
News - Community News - Recycle with Freecycle
Calling all Voluntary/ Community Groups ...
Do you have unwanted items you would like to recycle?
Or perhaps you are looking to acquire something for free?
The Freecycle Network was started in May 2003.
The Network provides individuals and non-profit groups an electronic
forum to recycle unwanted items.
When you want to find a new home for something
News - People power SAVES FOUR Hull primary schools By Martin Deane
It's almost enough to restore your faith in democracy. Almost.
Today Hull City Council cabinet (what makes the decisions..) approved the recommendations of its education officers from May 11th saving four of the nine threatened primary schools.
Demonstrations today and yesterday continue to show the commitment of ordinary people across the city to keep Hull's threatened primaries.
News - PRESS RELEASE from VOTE 4 PEACE
Don't Mention The War - Blair and Howard
What's the biggest conspiracy in Britain today?
That's the question being asked by an anti-Iraq war group, Vote 4 Peace.
The answer, they say, is that neither Tony Blair nor Michael Howard wants to talk
News - PRESS RELEASE - Hull & East Riding Green Party Hull Greens come out on John Prescott's roof
The Green Party in Hull supports today's protest by Greenpeace on John Prescott's roof.
Britain's chief scientist, Sir David King, has told us that
"Climate change is a more seroius threat than terrorism."
Candidate Martin Deane says,
News - Rail and Maritime Transport Union RMT hits Hull
A warm and sunny day welcomed twenty members and officials of the
Rail and Maritime Transport union as they came to Hull today to campaign for
railways to be taken back into public ownership.
The RMT members, kitted out in orange high-visibility jackets, marched into the
station flags flying and gathered expectantly at the station for
News - PRESS RELEASE - HULL AND EAST RIDING GREEN PARTY - Cyclists clock up green miles
Four hardy green party supporters who completed a gruelling 175 mile sponsored ride in support of
Hull North PPCMartin Deane will be guests of honour at a special
...Rock the Vote! night at the New Adelphi on Friday 29th April.
The sponsored ride took place over Easter weekend
News - Press Release - Sponsored Cycle Ride Hull to Liverpool for the Green Party set off..
Hull and East Riding Green candidate for Hull North Party Martin Deane has set off on a
sponsored Cycle ride Hull to Liverpool for the Green Party.
Six cyclists in total are hoping to cover the trans penine route to Liverpool by Monday.
Raising money for this coming election is crucial
News - Learners' Forum On-Line Questionnaire From Nicole Fuller, Volcom
When did you first switch on a computer?
How did you learn to find out more about Hull on the World Wide Web?
Do you fancy learning more about computers?
Or are you looking at the screen right now and thinking, I hate this damn machine!Read more...
News - Blue International Relief Organisation
Blue International is a newly established relief organization, whose UK arm is now based in Hull,
East Yorkshire. Originating in Finland as a response to the Tsunami Disaster, Blue International
aims to be an independent and