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group. It established a brief to design a game around
the themes of food or sport in relation to the migra-
tion experience while capturing the look and ethos
of the site. After a couple of collaborative stages the
successful students had their design turned into a
game and put on the site.The concept involves going
into a supermarket.You are shopping for a dinner
party to celebrate the launch of Moving Here and
have to collect ingredients falling from the shop
shelves to make different dishes from the four
communities.You must collect these items before
they fall on the floor and the shopkeeper gets so
angry he throws you out of his shop. If you succeed
in collecting ingredients on your shopping list, you
win the recipe that those ingredients make for
example Irish stew and the chance to move on
to the next level.
Moving Here also gives teachers an overview of
how the rich material could be used in National
Curriculum History and Citizenship programmes.
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Although Moving Here is not currently equipped to
act as an education resource there is no doubt from
feedback it has obtained already that the content is
extremely valuable in the classroom and there is lots
of potential. For example, an expert from the educa-
tion community stated: `I have had a quick look at
the site and think there is a lot here we could
recommend to schools.When you have teachers
notes it will be even better.'Teaching resources must
now be built in order to capitalise on this content.
This can only be done if more funding is found
after its period under NOF ends in March 2004.
P
ROMOTIONAL ACTIVITIES
T
he Moving Here partners promote the Web-
site through their own sites, leaflets and events.
This local-level promotion is very important as the
partners are best placed to make use of their own
local distribution networks. A set of free postcards
produced by the central team has been very popular
with partners who put them in their lobbies and
send them out via their mailing lists. 100,000 of these
were also distributed free from 76 cinemas around
the country in a two-week marketing campaign.
They have had an impact, as one woman testified:
`I was surfing your site (address found on a postcard
my daughter brought recently)...'.
Local public libraries also have an important role
to play making Moving Here leaflets available and
providing free computer access to the Website
through the People's Network.
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`I would love to
publicise your site in our library have you any
flyers', said one woman in a local heritage library
in the north of England. Libraries will become even
more important to Moving Here as it launches its
training manual for librarians. As more librarians
become ICT trainers to work with users of the
People's Network, they are interested in taking up
Moving Here as a tool and source of content in their
sessions.The ability to navigate around the site, send
your own story and perform searches builds up
useful ICT skills.The site has already been used in
Leeds and Manchester Libraries for this purpose.
The guide, which has been designed by a library
ICT trainer in collaboration with Moving Here, will
be launched on the People's Network site in January
2004. It is envisaged that this guide will in fact
become a very useful tool in other training arenas.
Some training sessions and demonstrations to
community groups undertaken by Moving Here take
place in libraries because they have the equipment
and space to house such a session. Libraries have also
been involved in housing an exhibition from a com-
munity project called Memories for the Islands (read
about this later). An extra copy was made for Moving
Here which could be provided on loan and tour
libraries or any space where it was requested. So far
it has been to libraries in Birmingham,Walsall and
Bristol.
C
ONTRIBUTING
P
ERSONAL
S
TORIES
`Your life is history.Your experiences are history.Your story
is history.'
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C
urrently the stories contributed to the
Moving Here Website by users themselves,
either remotely or by means of a Moving Here
community project, represent the most important
virtual community aspect of the project.
There is no chat room or bulletin board on the
site that allows users to communicate with each
other. To date, this has not been explored due to the
issue of moderation, which is very resource intensive.
In a project that is funded externally you cannot set
up a function on which you may later have to pull
the plug when funding runs out.This is irresponsible
to the users who use that function and withdrawing
such a service would lead to the withdrawal of any
trust between the user and Moving Here. It was
preferred not to set this up at this stage.Where
people may have recognised somebody from an-
other's story and want to get in touch with the
contributor, then the Moving Here team will act
as a go-between and provide the contributor with
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http://www.movinghere.
org.uk/help/teachers.htm;
the National Archives has
also developed `Learning
Curve', an online teaching
resource structured to tie
in with the History
National Curriculum:
http://learningcurve.
pro.gov.uk
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http://www.peoples
network.gov.uk
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Introductory statement
on Moving Here's
Stories section,
http://www.moving
here.org.uk/stories/
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