Giddy Brighton

Photographs of participants, taken by Elizabeth Doak.
Photographs of participants, taken by Elizabeth Doak.

Giddy is a two part digital project, developed by The Nimbus Group, which unearths and captures soon-to-be-lost stories of being young in Brighton in the war and post war years. Using these personal accounts, an interactive map has been created that will lead people across the city of Brighton & Hove, listening to memories in the place they were made.

Teenaged students from Brighton’s Longhill High School helped recruit and interview participants, gaining valuable new skills in the process.

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Brighton Festival, and working with the Mass Observation Archive, Screen Archive South East and Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Giddy resulted in the creation of an app, featuring an interactive map leading people across the city  to reveal the stories behind particular locations. Oral histories are further illuminated by a website storing all of the stories captured as part of the project along with archive images and film of Brighton throughout the mid-20th century. See the website.

An exhibition about Giddy was held at University of Brighton in May 2016, as part of Brighton Festival. You can see some of the exhibition photos and other items that were in the exhibition, including the oral histories and archive films on the Giddy Brighton website.

There’s also a teaching resource available for teachers who may be interested in using the app to learn about the time period, which includes WW2, and the post-war years of the 1950s and 60s.

You can find out more about Giddy on the Facebook page or on the blog being developed by students documenting Giddy’s development.

Co-produced by This is Wyld.