The North East Women's Activism Archive is a research project being led by Northumbria University which came out of a group formed in 1999 called "Gendered Subjects". The project realises the importance of women's stories and voices and so the University are currently working on creating a new online platform where these stories can be collected and shared.
Curiosity Creative were asked to facilitate a one day snapshot story workshop to collect some short digital stories which will feature on the new website. A variety of stories were collected ranging from stories about Greenham Common, personal expression through creative writing and poetry and unusual responses to the current political situation in the UK in 2015.
"I asked Alex to work with our group, not having much of an idea about what to expect, especially since she usually works across a period of weeks and we only had one day. However, she and Emily didn't waste any time in getting us settled and working on the ice-breaker activity which worked really well. We then started working on our own stories with Alex and Emily offering brilliantly unpatronising help and support throughout. The day just whizzed by and suddenly we were doing show and tell and looking at the work we had each created, very proud of ourselves. Well done Curiosity Creative, for a great day: everyone felt empowered and upskilled. For some of us, we will be using our new found story-telling skills to move ahead with our memory project so for us, the day was particularly useful."Karen Ross, Professor of Media, Northumbria University