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Wiltshire College partners with Corsham TV

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Wiltshire College’s TV and Film Students have been out on location in Corsham creating video stories for Corsham TV.

Corsham TV, part of the Digital Corsham initiative from Corsham Institute, is a community-inspired digital tv channel covering the people and stories of Corsham, Box, Neston, Colerne and Lacock.

The project with Wiltshire College started before Christmas when Corsham TV set the College the challenge of producing a series of 3-4 minute factual programmes for the Channel and is one of a number of collaborations to help train the next generation of film-makers and increase the amount of content available for the Channel.

Students chose to focus on a broad range of themes from the history of Corsham Station, to the role of apprenticeships in the local economy, whether the voting age should be lowered, the challenge that local pubs face and how the Corsham Knitting Group helps refugees.

Corsham TV’s Channel Director, Martin Head, who leads the Digital Corsham initiative, commented; “the range of stories that the students came up with was very impressive and it was great to increase Corsham Institute’s links with Wiltshire College. We look forward to more projects in the future”.

Course tutor Nicola Dew said: “this was very much a real-world exercise which certainly stretched our students. It’s even inspired some of them to think about a career in factual programme-making. We’re looking forward to exploring future opportunities with Corsham TV".

To produce the videos the students worked alongside Corsham TV’s team of Creative and Digital Media Apprentices and the students had to identify potential interviewees before recording and editing the footage needed for their videos.

The videos can be viewed at www.corshamtv.tv and for more information please email: info@corshaminstitute.org.

170 million years of history!

We love a challenge at Ci and so over the Summer we asked our Creative and Digital Media Apprentices to work on telling the story of Corsham’s history, only covering we suggested, the last 170 million years or so!

The resulting multimedia exhibition; Tablet to Tablet, Corsham’s Journey from the Jurassic to the Digital Age, which our Apprentices have researched, written, designed and curated, is open to the public for a week from October 17th 2016.

Featuring over 100 images in 9 different spaces around the Ci Courtyard campus the exhibition also features artefacts from Corsham’s stone mining heritage and the oldest object that exists in Corsham, an 80,000-year-old bison bone.

Corsham’s history in communications and stone mining made possible its digital infrastructure today and the exhibition tells the story of the ground-breaking Box Tunnel, which in 1841 when it opened was the longest tunnel in the UK, to the growth of the Bath Stone mining industry. From some of the mines, during the first and second World Wars, being used as stores for thousands of tons of munitions, to the development during the Cold War of the highly secret alternative seat of Government under Corsham, with capacity for 4,000 civil servants and the communications infrastructure to resurrect the country after a nuclear attack.

Local artists, art groups and history societies have been involved and many local, personal archives been accessed and filming has been done underground in Corsham’s only working stone mine to bring the story up to date.

‘Tablet to Tablet’, provides a unique glimpse of the heritage that has enabled Corsham to develop into one of the most connected communities in the UK that has laid the foundations for the work of the Corsham Institute.

Our Creative and Digital Media Apprenticeships are a part of Ci’s commitment to Digital Communities. They are a rolling 18-month programme of full time work and training under the auspices of Cirencester College and they work to deliver content for our digital media channels. Future Apprentices will work on extending the scope of this exhibition, as well as digitising it, so it can be made available to the people of Corsham as a community asset.

Corsham TV is 1 year old!

Launched in January 2015, Corsham’s own local digital tv channel Corsham Television is now one year old.

It has already produced over 110 timely and relevant video stories about Corsham and the surrounding area, interviewed 91 people and its videos have been streamed for viewing over 20,000 times, all via the Corsham TV website www.corshamtv.tv.

Our local digital television channel is modelled on the mainstream TV catch-up services and is available anywhere 24/7, with videos viewed in themed playlists.

Corsham TV is part of the Digital Corsham initiative, set up and funded by the not-for-profit research charity, Corsham Institute.

Corsham TV supports community groups and events, local businesses and local people who have a story to tell, as well as conducting regular interviews with local MPs and both Wiltshire and Town Councillors.

Its first success was its local coverage of the General Election in May 2015 where it covered local hustings, streamed the results live and had the first video interview with the new MP, Michelle Donelan.

Later this year with its local community radio station partner, KIK RADIO, it will begin to stream live Wiltshire Council’s Corsham Area Board and the Corsham Town Council meetings to open them up to a wider digital online audience.

In the run up to Christmas the series of videos ’12 Days of a Corsham Christmas’ attracted record audiences and featured many community groups and local businesses, including the children of Corsham Primary School singing festive songs, with excerpts from their Nativity Plays.

The Chair of Corsham Town Council, Ruth Hopkinson, reflecting on the first year of Corsham TV told us;

“Corsham TV;

- has given the residents of Corsham the opportunity to find out what is actually going on in the town,

- has shown Corsham off to its best advantage,

- is a great showpiece for all that is good in the town;

- has given the opportunity for local people to have their say;

- makes people feel good about the town they live in. It turned negative publicity into positive.”

Corsham TV engages with the community on social media and through regular public events in the town and surrounding areas.

It can be viewed at www.corshamtv.tv, on Twitter @CorshamTV and on Facebook/CorshamTelevision.