Nominated by: DR – Tina Pipa
Nominee: DR – Louise Broch
Title: Your town, your story
In 2017, DR Archive (the archive of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation) developed a new and innovative way of communicating archive material directly to the users. “Your Town, Your Story” was a project, in which DR brought radio- and tv-archive clips on tour to five different Danish towns (Holbæk, Nakskov, Esbjerg, Randers, Odense). DR Archive filled a big tent with interactivity, digital and tactile archive installations that appealed to different kinds of users, both young and elderly. Each event was curated with clips from the visited town and staffed with DR’s archive experts, who met new users on their home ground and encouraged everybody to share their own stories. The project collaborated with local museums and schools who presented their own materials and projects in the tent together with DRs installations. In that way dialogue flourished across materials and humans, making connections between curators and users, between neighbors and new friends remembering the same story from different points of view.
The purpose of the project was:
- To communicate local archive materials to citizens in their own surroundings to give them a feeling of being part of history and to give them a feeling of cohesion and identity.
- To invite people to interact with the archive clips and to let them use the materials in their personal stories.
- To bring new life to a part of the DR archive which is seldom used but extremely relevant to local communities.
- To create partnerships with local museums and institutions.
The focal point of the project was the website www.danskkulturarv.dk. All clips from the interactive installations in the tent could also be viewed on the site and shared on social media afterwards, and visitors could make their own digital stories with clips combined with their own text and drawings and later find their story on the website. The project is still alive, and the archive tent is coming to Vejle in August 2018 to a special festival for a whole region called the Triangle Area. This time the tent will have clips from all bigger towns in the area, and the concept has grown bigger with new radio programs produced by DR’s local radio channel “P4 Trekanten” based on the local archive footage.