Wantage Tales

A film and photography exhibition by Sylwia Presley

A film and photography exhibition giving an insight into people who live in Wantage today opens at the Vale & Downland Museum on Wednesday November 5thDevised by photographer, social media expert and active citizen journalist Sylwia  Presley , Wantage Tales is part of her WantageTales.com community project, mapping out the past , present and future of the town. Through this initiative, Sylwia is creating a series of video interviews combined with photographic portraits featuring members of the local community along with personal, informal and very local stories.

Sylwia explains: “I feel it is important to capture and share the human angle and I aim to highlight local faces, voices and personal tales. As a blogger, I think technology gives us an amazing opportunity to share more than just text. I live in Wantage and my photography reflects so many of my own stories, favourite places and amazing views. I am sure lots of local people have a great many stories to share too. This is why I feel so strongly about capturing and immortalising the spirit of our town. I am convinced that the best way to do it is through multiple voices from within the community.”

Any local people who want to find out more or who are interested in sharing stories can  check out  http://www.wantagetales.com/, https://www.facebook.com/wantagetales and https://twitter.com/wantagetales

At 10am and 11am, throughout the exhibition, there will be a chance to enter a pop up viewing room to watch the video installations. Sylwia will also be in the galleries on Saturday 8 and 15th November between 10am and noon to chat with visitors about her project. The exhibition continues during museum opening hours until Saturday 15 November.


Wednesday 5th – Saturday 15th November 2014
9.30am to 4.00pm
(Closed Sundays, Bank H
Vale & Downland Museum, 19 Church Street, WANTAGE, Oxon OX12 8BL
Tel: 01235 771447 (office);

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Museum contact: Dorothy Burrows, Community Coordinator