Voices from the Hood at The Dukes

Dan Fox with his Voices from the Hood sound installation.
Dan Fox with his Voices from the Hood sound installation.
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A sound artist has invented a hair-raising way of connecting with voices from the past and people from Lancaster are invited to listen in.

Dan Fox is bringing a Sixties style hair salon – Voices From The Hood – to The Dukes in Lancaster from May 14-20. But this will be no ordinary salon.

The hood hairdryers have been converted in to listening posts and a vintage hairdryer will become a personal speaker.

Visitors are invited to take a comfy seat on one of four period chairs and via a small control panel they can play excerpts from the Elizabeth Roberts Working Class Oral History Archive which is held at the Regional Heritage Centre at Lancaster University.

The pioneering work by Elizabeth, who lives in Lancaster and was born in Barrow, captured the voices and memories of people in Barrow, Lancaster and Preston from 1890 up until 1970.

Dan is one of several artists brought together by the Lancaster-based arts and heritage company, Mirador, to take part in their latest project – Walking In Others Footsteps – a celebration of the work to digitise the archive and make it available through a dedicated website hosted by the Regional Heritage Centre at Lancaster University. While ‘under the dryers’, visitors to The Dukes can read a magazine which lists details of the tracks they can hear.

For more information about Walking In Others Footsteps, visit www.miradorarts.co.uk.

For more information about the digitisation project, visit www.lancaster.ac.uk/users/rhc/news/details/2018/index_new.htm