Jerome

Jerome Whittingham

Jerome's encounters with interesting people doing interesting things. Expect wildlife and conservation, artists and activists, people fixing the planet, and the beautifully eccentric. Want to feature? Get in touch! jerome@photomoments.news

The Depository of the Dull
Feb 11 2022
The Depository of the Dull
Siobhan McAleer, artist and community curator, is the creative force behind The Depository of the Dull. It’s a project delivered jointly by Appetite and the Brampton Museum, and it’s inviting you to ‘bring in your objects and tell us your stories’.Siobhan said: “The Depository of the Dull was made as a virtual museum in lockdown last year. I invited people to tell us about some everyday objects that they had been looking at while they'd been in their houses. We called it the Depository of the Dull. It's kind of a play on words or a joke, I guess. The thing is,neverything is supposed to look as though it's not very interesting, but then has a really interesting story that goes along with it.“For this project, the Depository of the Dull, I'm working at Newcastle Common, which is Appetite’s base in the town centre, and alongside the Brampton Museum, and what we're doing is asking people to bring in their everyday objects, with interesting stories associated in some way to Newcastle.”Listen to Jerome's full chat with Siobhan, ‘Shiv’, in this podcast. She tells us what’s already been offered to the collection, gives examples of the stories attached to some of the items, and explains how we can get involved.You can also find out more about The Depository of the Dull by visiting Appetite’s website, here: in-touch with Shiv and the Depository of the Dull with details of your deposit at depodsub@gmail.comJerome has been commissioned by Appetite to report on activities at their Newcastle Common arts space.Support the show
Our Burslem. Angels, love, and affection.
Oct 19 2021
Our Burslem. Angels, love, and affection.
June and Annette are challenging company. They challenge us to think positively about Burslem.We met in the Market Place Cafe, just opposite the former Burslem town hall.For about an hour they spoke passionately about their home town – the ‘mother town’ of the potteries – its history, its characters, its architecture, its future.“Annette calls me mother,” said June.The friend that introduced me to June and Annette calls them both ‘the mothers of the mother town’. They speak of Burslem with both love and affection.“We have an excellent community,” said June. “It always comes together for anything. It’s a beautiful old town.”June and Annette are leading members of ‘Our Burslem’, a community action group which promotes Burslem, putting on events in the town, and co-ordinating a large and vocal social media presence, on facebook in particular.Their mission is not political, or rather not ‘party political’. Actually, the group demonstrates a ‘pure’ democracy, being a movement of diverse people uniting in action and voice to affect change in their community.“It’s not about politics,” said Annette. “It’s about doing the right thing.”Maybe that is politics?The Our Burslem group’s aim is to tell others that the town is something worth shouting about.Annette said: “I think we need to reinvent ourselves as a town, as a destination town… In Stoke-on-Trent people need to be proud of where they come from, it makes a difference… I want people to realise there’s beauty in this town, it just needs some love, care, thought, and innovation – that goes back to Wedgwood… What are we going to do with it, to make it the place to be?“Would you know this is the place where Wedgwood was born? Is that not the easiest solution to get tourism into the city?”Annette, on behalf of the Our Burslem group, has recently nominated three of the town’s buildings to be considered for the Victorian Society’s ‘Top Ten Most Endangered Buildings’ list, in the hope of attracting regeneration and renovation funding.In our on-street podcast interview she talks about the three buildings she’s nominated: The Wedgwood Institute; the indoor market; and The Central – all on Queen Street.“There’s no harm in trying to make it – Burslem – better again,” concludes Annette.We’d be fools to disagree.Support the show