Premier of ‘Our Guild’ the first History of Place project film

Our film will be screened in Bristol in early December 2016.

Young people outside the Guild building in Bristol

To mark the International Day for Disabled People and Disability History Month, Screen South is delighted to announce the launch of the first film produced as part of the groundbreaking disability project, History of Place, made possible by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The film, which shares the little known history of one of Bristol’s historic buildings, The Guild of the Brave Poor Things, will be screened at M Shed, Bristol on Saturday 3rd December from 2pm – 3pm.  There will be an opportunity to hear about the filmmaking process from those involved, including some of the young participants discussing the film. There will also be an introduction from Esther Fox, head of the Accentuate programme and speakers on this year’s Disability History Month’s theme: language.

Founded in 1894, Bristol’s Guild of the Brave Poor Things brought together disabled people from across Bristol for meetings, lectures, apprenticeships and holidays. As part of the History of Place project, volunteer researchers have been working in the local museums and archives, uncovering the lost stories of those who joined as members of the Guild. Volunteers have also been exploring the design and build of the groundbreaking Guild Heritage House in Old Market, Bristol. These stories were used to inspire a group of local young disabled people to make this short film which explores the significance of possibly the first purpose built building for disabled people in the country, the admissions process and attitudes to access.

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, History of Place is a nationally significant social history programme, charting disabled people’s lives from the middle ages until the late 20th Century in relation to built heritage. The project will investigate and animate eight important built heritage sites, with the objective of elevating this history to greater prominence.  History of Place is part of the Accentuate Programme, which provides life changing opportunities for deaf and disabled people to participate and lead in the cultural sector.

History of Place is enabling local people to participate in archive research, workshops and events about the history of the eight historic sites. It will also deliver three exhibitions or displays in 2017 and 2018, in partnership with M Shed Bristol, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Museum of Liverpool to bring this little known heritage to the wider public. Come along to this event to find out more about History of Place and The Guild of the Brave Poor Things.

Tickets are limited, drop a line to Grace Swordy to get your place.