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Culture In Quarantine, MuseumFromHome, BBC Arts, April 2020

GRAHAM, Fiona and OTTEY, Paul (2020) Culture In Quarantine, MuseumFromHome, BBC Arts, April 2020. [Show/Exhibition]

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The Deborah D51 World War One Tank research was invited by AHRC to take part in the BBC MuseumFromHome initiative all day online on Thursday 30 April 2020. The virtual museum (a BBC web page) was “open” from 10am – 5pm during the lockdown in the Covid-19 pandemic.

In late March, the BBC launched Culture In Quarantine across television, radio and online, to give the nation access to the arts at a time when it needed it the most. Providing access to shuttered exhibitions, performances and museums, a virtual book festival and much more. The BBC mission was to increase access to the arts, at a time when the buildings that support them are closed, and to support artists and arts organisations in the process.

As part of the event the film was on social media platforms and re tweeted by AHRC, BBC Arts and members of the public throughout the day.

MuseumFromHome was a whole day of broadcast and social media activity on Thursday 30 April delivered in partnership with Art Fund, National Museum Directors’ Council, the Museums Association and #MuseumFromHome. The ambition was: to ensure the public continued to have access to the collections and exhibitions they love.

Item Type: Show/Exhibition
Additional Information: Online article accompanying the video titled The Friend Making Machine on social media: This is the story of a unique World War One tank called "Deborah", now a National French Monument, discovered on the battlefields in France. The short film explains Deborah’s journey to her final resting place in a new tank museum in Flesquieres in France – beside the Commonwealth War Graves site of her crew. The 27 tonne tank was uncovered by local resident Philippe Gorczynski MBE in Cambrai, France in 1998 after lying dormant for over eight decades. Filmmakers Producer and Director Associate Professor Fiona Graham, and Camera Operator Senior Lecturer Paul Ottey have been working with communities in France and the UK to tell the story of the rare Mark IV tank, her crew and the 1917 Battle of Cambrai. “I think what really appeals to people is that Deborah is no longer a war-making machine, she’s a peace-making machine bringing communities and people together,” said Fiona. “The aim was always to bring the story back from the battlefield to engage communities and schoolchildren in World War One through Deborah’s unique story as there is no one quite like her”. The innovative approaches to narrative have helped new generations understand the Battle of Cambrai and tank warfare from a community perspective in museums and British and French schools and heritage sites including AHRC’s Living Legacies event in Belfast.
Faculty: School of Computing and Digital Technologies > Film, Media and Journalism
Event Title: MuseumFromHome, BBC Arts
Event Location: Online
Event Dates: 30th April 2020
Depositing User: Fiona GRAHAM
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2020 15:23
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2023 13:59

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