We are in the process of creating our second interactive book for the Tangible Memories Project, this time with one of the residents at Blaise Weston Court. It will be a collection of memories, photos and stories from her life. As with our first book, The Eye of the Hare, this one will also contain AR triggers, to allow you to listen to her recalling memories of her mother, the music she loved during the war, and lots of other audio clips and films to add depth to the text and images.
We have been visiting for the past six weeks to build up material that will make up her book. Each session has had a particular focus, such as food, music or clothing. From our conversations each week we have compiled a series of pages, taking text from things she has written and transcriptions of her words to show snippets and memories from her life.
The next stage will be to work with her to decide on which order she wants the pages. As with our first book, The Eye of the Hare, we are interested in juxtaposing memories from different times in her life, rather than displaying them in chronological order, to reflect the fragmented nature of memory. This process of ordering will also allow Kath to highlight any gaps or significant events/times that she would like to include.
Co-designing is helping us to develop a blueprint of tasks that we hope eventually can be followed by other older people and their carers/relatives who want to create their own books.
We were also pleased today when she said how much she was enjoying the process. She said it has helped her to remember all kinds of things that were buried, going right back to her childhood. Her brother visited recently and she said that she told him about all the things we have been talking about, and that this really helped them to reminisce together.