PRESS RELEASE – 13th June 2014
Forth Bridges Scrapbooks – Get scrapping!
The Forth Bridges Scrapbooks project website is now live at http://www.forthbridgesscrapbooks.co.uk. This is an exciting digital storytelling project, a way for the general public who hold fond memories and experiences of the Forth Bridges to record those for posterity and to share them with others.
Part of the Forth Bridges Festival 2014, this project is designed to offer the local community and bridge enthusiasts everywhere the chance to create a lasting legacy of the Forth Bridges. The Forth Bridges Festival is being organised by FETA (Forth Estuary Transport Authority), in partnership with Queensferry Ambition, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the Forth Road Bridge. The Festival is a signature event in the Year of Homecoming Scotland 2014, and the Forth Bridges Scrapbooks project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Veteran workers of the Forth Road Bridge have already contributed a wealth of material. For one worker, the standard uniform was a hard hat and a pair of Doc Marten boots with “string tied around the ankles to stop the updraft!”; 1960’s health and safety measures is one of many themes highlighted by such tales.
By making a digital scrapbook and contributing images, film, letters and digitised objects, contributors add to what is a unique resource of information about the heritage of the Bridges, through the eyes of those who witnessed their creation and continue to visit or live near them.
An exhibition, ‘By the Bridges’, which will run throughout the Festival, will explore some of these stories in more depth. It will celebrate ancestry-related links to the Bridges, how these have been a source of inspiration both to the local community and within Scotland, as well as replicating a number of the scrapbooks published on the website over the next few months.
“The Forth Bridges Scrapbooks are a unique way for local communities to build on their own history resources and the Scrapbooks are now a usable online tool for people to share their personal memories of and feelings on the Forth Bridges. I am greatly excited at the prospect of watching the Scrapbooks online collection grow.” Laura Black, Project Coordinator for the HLF project, Queensferry Ambition
For more information, please contact:
0131 331 3511