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What’s the Story? The Real Reason We Drink

What a good idea – Travelling Tent, an oral arts project, chose local pub The Ranelagh to explore the theme, The Real Reasons We Drink. The results may surprise you. Take a look at the timeline they’ve come up with, start ...

What a good idea – Travelling Tent, an oral arts project, chose local pub The Ranelagh to explore the theme, The Real Reasons We Drink. The results may surprise you. Take a look at the timeline they’ve come up with, starting at the beginning, 1365, to the present day. The pub itself was created around 1861 when there were just 120 people living in rural Bounds Green – most customers probably came either from the local brickworks or were travellers on their way into London. Things changed quite a bit along the way according to this lively illustrated piece of local history. And then there are the stories of love, loss and drunken fun from local residents who have been drinking there for quite some time.http://travellingtent.org.uk/about/

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Travelling Tent is a collaboration between three women with a passion for history and a lot of skills to draw on:

Eleanor – has extensive experience of directing projects, from international film festivals to TED-style conferences. She has a background in archival research, which she uses to investigate historical context for Travelling Tent projects.

Miriam – is a producer and dramaturg who has worked with arts organisations in London and Berlin. She enjoys playing in the overlap between performance and real life, and leads the Travelling Tent participant workshops.

Annie – has a background in oral history and is interested in personal narratives that offer alternatives to mainstream histories. She is a researcher for TV documentaries and also creates Travelling Tent’s illustrations.

Here’s what they say about their work: We begin by listening to what someone else has to say, and then find the best way for more people to hear them say it. The outcome could be a show, a photo series, a podcast – we won’t know until we finish, and it’ll be different every time.

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