The spoken word is intrinsic to Irish Traveller culture, their own oral language called Gammon, Cant or Shelta, has been passed down through the generations and is still used today within the community. It was, therefore, essential to record oral histories from the community, and the young participants learnt about interview techniques, using open questioning, listening and how to record so that they could interview each other and their elders. This resulted in the capturing of fascinating stories, intriguing conversations and and ultimately a deeper insight into Irish Traveller culture. View Memories film
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Moving Voices, has been such a success because our talented participants have embraced the project and dedicated such time, talent and enthusiasm to preserving and sharing their unique heritage and culture. This was not only celebrated through the local and regional touring exhibition,in addition, the World Museum, Liverpool hosted a special premiere and Oscar Ceremony so all our fabulous film makers could be acknowledged. This was a spectacular occasion enjoyed by one and all as the films appeared on the cinema screen and oscars and goody bags were awarded to all our talented team.
As part of the Moving Voices Project, the body of work has been toured on a local and regional level to supermarket store Asda, local primary school, World Museum and Appleby Fair. The archive will be housed with partners National Museums, Liverpool, North West Sound Archive, Liverpool Central Library, Irish Community Care Merseyside, Liverpool City Council and Cumbria County Council, as well as with our funders Heritage Lottery Fund. This means many more people will have access to this insightful resource through the digital archives and websites.
Our housed Irish Traveller families are very proud of their musical heritage and the children wanted to share their great grand daddy, Felix Doran’s musical talent through a stop motion animation. The children have grown up hearing about Felix, and listening to his and his brother Mikey’s amazing tunes and so they worked together to imagine his travels throughout Ireland in his bow top caravan, before settling in Manchester, England. The children storyboarded their ideas, learnt how to make plasticine models and filmed the animation before adding their voices and their grandaddy’s wonderful Uileann pipe playing. To view the animation click here.
To obtain a copy of the audio transcripts, share your thoughts, memories and stories please get in touch and we will send you a copy.