A chance for young photographers to make bit of history
THE outfits and equipment may have changed radically, but the determination and commitment needed to succeed in sport is as it was 100 years ago. While the achievements of yesteryear have been placed safely in museum archives, the youngsters of today are
THE outfits and equipment may have changed radically, but the determination and commitment needed to succeed in sport is as it was 100 years ago.
While the achievements of yesteryear have been placed safely in museum archives, the youngsters of today are making their own history.
A project is giving teenagers the chance to update the sporting archives at St Neots Museum.
The special summer scheme, called re:action, allows young people to develop and use their creative skills to document sport in 2006 and to bring the museum's archive of sport photography up to date.
St Neots Rowing Club, the Colts Football Association, the hockey club and users of the town's new skate park are all involved.
But the town's youngsters can also take their own sport photographs and submit their best pieces of work to the museum, which will exhibit the pictures later this year.
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Project co-ordinator Gilly Vose said: "The museum wanted to provide a way for young people to positively promote their sport in the town in a fun and creative way while also providing an important record for future generations.
"The project will culminate in an exciting performance combining images and sound, and an exhibition at the museum that will capture each group's spirit and skill."
Artist and award-winning photographer Karen Harvey has been commissioned to help capture images and sound at local sporting events and to give the youngsters some advice.
She said: "All the young people I've met have been great and there are some very talented photographers amongst them.
"I'm really enjoying being a part of such an interesting and fun project. Unfortunately, there just isn't time to visit all St Neots sports clubs."
So far, only the St Neots skaters have processed their pictures. The rest will follow later in the year.
INFORMATION: Anyone wanting to get involved can log on to www.myspace.com/stneots for further details or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Re:action is part of a three-year Huntingdonshire Heritage Programme supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Cambridgeshire County Council, Huntingdonshire District Council and other local heritage groups.
* Have you taken a great photograph of some sporting action in the area? Send it to The Hunts Post and we'll publish the best and pass any St Neots sporting actions on to St Neots Museum. Send them to: Sporting Snaps, The Hunts Post, 30 High Street, Huntingdon PE29 3TB.