The History of Youth Work in Blyth
Working in collaboration with Silx Teen Bar and the Over 50s Forum in Blyth, The History of Youth Work in Blythexplores the Youth Clubs and Societies of Blyth from 1930 to the present day.
Since June 2016, young people and staff from Silx Teen Bar and older people from the Over 50’s Forum have been working with artists Sharon Bailey and Lindsay Duncanson and local historian Gordon Smith to capture and reflect on the changes to youth provision in Blyth using sound recordings and photography, celebrating the clubs and societies that have been an important part of the town and its history.
The group have started to share stories that they have gathered about people’s lives in Blyth, how the place has changed and their memories as a young person growing up in the town. They have visited the locations of past and present youth clubs, recorded photographs and collected local archival material and memorabilia.
Young people from Silx Teen Bar are playing an active role in this Heritage Lottery funded project, carrying out research, gathering oral histories and will be creating a publication to share what they have learned with the wider community.
Blyth Town Council awarded the project a grant to bring The Big M to Blyth Market Place on 24 October 2016. A collection of photographic, video and audio artworks were presented in our impressive inflatable arts venue the Big M.
Jackie Long, senior youth worker at Silx said:
“We are so pleased to have been awarded this Heritage lottery grant, we’ve wanted to do this project for many years. Now it’s possible! We have had a lot of excellent youth clubs in Blyth. Please, if you attended any– for instance Centre 64, Blyth and Newsham Boy’s clubs, Barbarossa or any other club – come along to our event and share your pictures and stories with us”.
People will be welcome to explore the exhibition in the Big M between 3-7pm, which includes a live VJ set performed by young people from Silx Teen Bar and a series of workshops throughout the afternoon with the artists.
To find out more aboutSilx visit www.silxteen.com