Rolling Out the Red Carpet

Film-makers of the future from Stamshaw Junior School and veterans united on the 14th November, to attend the premiere of documentary interviews they created together in the summer. The NMRN Portsmouth rolled out the red carpet for twenty Year 5 children from Stamshaw Junior School, veterans of all ages and other VIPs for the gala premiere of the Story Exchange films.

The Story Exchange project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the National Museum of the Royal Navy’s ‘HMS - Hear My Story’ galleries project focusing on the 20th and 21st Navy. The children worked with Anna Farthing and Harvest Films to learn film, sound, lighting and interview techniques in order to film eight veterans about their experiences of life in the Navy.

The children worked over the summer term to explore the stories of veterans with very different experiences of conflict – from being a WREN Telegraphist in World War Two to a Marine in Afghanistan, an Engineer in the Falklands to a veteran of the Battle of the Atlantic, a Second World War Submariner to a Nurse in the first Gulf War, and veterans who are still serving today. The films will form an integral part of the new galleries due to open in Spring 2014 for the centenary of the 1st World War.

As well as a chance to view highlights from the films, the premiere offered an opportunity to meet with and talk to the children and the veterans, to find out more about their experiences during the project.

Watch the making of the film...

HMS Hermes returning from the Falklands