Take part in building a piece of social history to celebrate HM The Queen's 90th birthday

Published Wednesday, 20th April 2016

Residents from across the county are being invited to take part in building a piece of social history and record a 90 second video about what The Queen means to them.

This is a chance to have some fun and contribute to a unique project. The recordings will go down in history…. Literally! Every video submitted will be archived by Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service, supported by Media Archive Central England (MACE). This means that the great, great grandchildren of those living in Worcestershire in 2016 will have a direct link to this moment in time in the future.

The project is called 90 years in 90 seconds and we'd love as many residents as possible to record their memories and thoughts about The Queen, as she celebrates her official 90th birthday in June.

Videos can be taken on any device and can be in any style. The only requirements are that the video:

  • should be as close to 90 seconds long as possible
  • the beginning of the video includes the name of the person in the video and where they live
  • is sent with a completed and signed consent form to 90SecondVideo@worcestershire.gov.uk
  • gets to us by no later than 12 June 2016

To help you get started (thinking about what to say is always the hardest bit) here are some suggestions:

·         What are your memories of The Queen?

·         Have you ever met The Queen or been at a royal visit? What were your thoughts at the time?

·         What do your children think about the Queen and the Royal Family? Have they drawn any beautiful pictures of the Queen you can show?

·         Do you have any memorabilia you can talk about and include in the video – pictures, drawings, mugs, medals etc?

Help will be on hand in a selection of Worcestershire libraries during April and May for anyone wanting to take part but unable to record their own video:  

Wednesday 27 April – The Hive, Worcester – 10am – 12pm

Thursday 28 April – Pershore Library – 2 – 4pm

Friday 29 April – Kidderminster library – 10am – 12pm

Tuesday 3 May – Redditch Library – 2 – 4pm

Wednesday 4 May – Malvern Library – 10am – 12pm

Lt Col Patrick Holcroft, Lord-Lieutenant of Worcestershire said: "We would like to get a range of views about Her Majesty The Queen and what she means to the people of Worcestershire. There are probably many people who would like to share their memories and thoughts of what The Queen means to them and I very much hope that they will get in touch."

James Patterson, Director of MACE said: “We are delighted to be involved in this great project which will provide a fascinating snapshot of people’s views of The Queen and the monarchy in 2016. It will be an important addition to the resources that future generations will have to understand the world we live in today.”

The 90 years in 90 seconds project has been generously sponsored by Worcestershire Medal Service Ltd, a local business that holds a royal warrant to supply to the Royal Family.

Phil McDermott, Managing Director of Worcestershire Medal Service Ltd said: "Today we are investigating history more and more and future generations will no doubt be reviewing the reign of HM The Queen and the archives created.  This will be an important record of what the people of Worcestershire were doing and thinking at this time and we are proud to be involved with such a wonderful project."

Visit http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/QueenWorcs to download a video consent form and for more information about the Queen's birthday celebrations in Worcestershire.

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