And now, we present…Whose History?

Sidelong Glance is back with a new project based at the University of Liverpool.

Whose History?, a series of four films, tells the stories of people who have lived, worked and studied on the university’s South Campus over the past 200 years.

It considers individual lives and collective experiences. It examines relationships between place, memory, and forgetting. It asks questions about identity, exclusion, and belonging. And it does all this through the words of many brave, creative, and dedicated people who have walked the streets of this global city at different times in history, and whose influence – even if we can’t see it, or haven’t always known where to look for it – continues to shape the area and its cultures today.

Over the past year we’ve been delving into primary sources in libraries and archives as we’ve developed the project, building on our previous work in research-led performance. Most importantly, we’ve been talking and listening to people who know the histories of this place intimately, because they’ve helped to build, retrieve and protect them.

We’re very excited to be working with a team of brilliant professionals and new friends who are helping to bring these stories to the screen. In just over a week, the cameras start rolling, and the final films will be released in September. But in the meantime, we’ll be posting information here in the coming days about each film, so stay tuned for more. And you can also follow us @whosehistory? on Instagram and @sidelong_glance on Twitter for live updates…

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