London Borough of Barnet

Barnet’s Olympic spirit to be captured for national record

Published Thursday 28 June 2012

Borough residents’ thoughts and memories of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games are set to be preserved for future generations thanks to a new project run by Barnet Council’s Library Service.

The Library Service, working together with artsdepot, has successfully bid for £1,000 from Arts Council England’s People’s Record programme to capture people’s responses to hosting the greatest show on earth this summer. The programme is funded by the National Lottery.

Short clips will be recorded at the borough’s ‘Labyrinth’ event on 28 July – a free festival for young people and their families in Victoria Park, Finchley, curated by artsdepot and funded by the Mayor of London.
Residents will be invited to capture on camera their personal opinions and thoughts, which will then be uploaded to the National People’s Record project.

Images of the local area from 1908 and 1948, the last time London held the Olympic Games, will also be on hand, giving residents the opportunity to consider how the borough has changed over time.
An exhibition, premiering at the artsdepot, will then tour libraries across the borough, featuring people’s responses.

Councillor Robert Rams, Cabinet Member for Customer Access and Partnerships said:

“With such a historic, once in a lifetime event taking place in the capital this summer it is fitting the library service has been able to secure this funding to celebrate and remember the atmosphere, emotions and memories which will be produced during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. This project will allow future generations to see and hear the borough’s experience of the Games, and see how the Borough of Barnet played its part. We’re delighted to be working in partnership with artsdepot and with Arts Council England to deliver it.”

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said:

"2012 is not only about heroic sporting competition, it is an unprecedented opportunity to showcase on an international stage the prodigious artistic talent that the best big city has to offer. Throughout the summer we are hosting a veritable smorgasbord of world-class cultural events, which will be springing up in high streets and parks, as well as lidos, waterways and other nooks and crannies. With hundreds of events across London, this will be the biggest festival of outdoor arts the capital has ever seen, creating a lifetime of memories and making this a summer like no other.”

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