Community action - a digital story

By Alea Ibrahim, Communications Intern for EVOC 150 Heritage Programme

We all are natural storytellers but often do not even realise that we are spinning our golden story-threads. When you are telling your colleague back at the office about the bluest lakes and highest mountains you saw during your holiday, you are painting a picture for your story. Stories help us put things into perspective. Hearing about other people’s experiences makes us reflect our own behaviour and our surroundings.

So why not use our natural talent to tell stories to others and breathe some life into them with images and audio? Well, good news: you can! Digital storytelling is a wonderful, creatively limitless tool to communicate human experiences.

A box full of protest

The Living Memory Association (LMA) helped EVOC 150 to preserve a window of our past by digitising our box of protesting and campaigning photographs. You can view a selection of them in our gallery. The photographs are a beautiful collection of protesting and campaigning memories in Edinburgh, bursting with hidden stories to tell.

Miles Tubb from the LMA says: “It was an exciting process digitising the EVOC photographs, negatives and slides. Right from protests about the closure of Edinburgh's wash-houses to union demonstrations attended by Coronation Streets own Pat Phoenix. I hope by making the archive available online faces will be recognised and stories and memories told.”

We have asked the public to help us identify the faces and stories behind these photos but in the meantime decided to have our own creative way with them by creating short digital stories to make them come to life:


We were excited to attend the Beltane Brunch workshop on Digital Storytelling which gave us the idea of using digital storytelling as a tool in the first place. Andy Croft and Max Coleman from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh presented their work from the Big Picnic Project. They explained how they used digital storytelling to reach vulnerable parts of Edinburgh’s society and help make their voices heard.

The idea behind it was that food or the lack thereof connects people from all walks of life and all backgrounds. Andy and Max encouraged a group of people from disadvantaged communities to share their stories of food. They recorded it and with the mere use of some images and sound turned these stories into a door to a reality most of us have not opened before.

If you like our stories and want to find out how you can make your own stories: stay tuned.

Next time: A Digital Story How-to.

The EVOC 150 project is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, with thanks to players of the National Lottery.

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1 Comment

  1. Hi my name is Zoe and I am the little girl in the Pilton Girl video. I am still part of fighting for our community. I would be happy to discuss what happened next. I also have great photo’s to add to your project.

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