Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Developments of Local Soul

Here is a quick update on our project exploring the culture of Northern Soul.

We are aiming to complete the dance video by the end of the year with a view to having a launch party. The upcoming short film is a blend of moving biographical anecdotes from local dance legend Roy Stewart together with footage of the young people at their dance lessons over a period of 12 months culminating in them entering The World Northern Soul Dance Championships at Blackpool Tower.

The submergence into Northern Soul culture has allowed In-Situ to collect over 2500 photographs of items (vinyl, tickets, badges, tattoos, magazines, posters etc) and this number continues to rise at a rapid rate. This ultimately led to the creation of 'Recorded Soul': an archiving project of all things from the 'The Northern Soul Scene'. 

The project has a Facebook Page to share information regarding the current soul scene, which is undergoing something of a global revival.

The digital archive will soon have a physical presence in Brierfield Library and we see this as a major development in locating this fascinating collection of photographs/videos locally, just around the corner from Walter Street Working Men's Club, which incidentally used to be a 'Feeder' club to Wigan Casino in the 1970s: place where dancers would hangout before going to the 'all-nighter' sessions at The Casino.

The photograph below is of an original 45s (singles) Record Box designed/produced by the legendary Northern Soul DJ Russ Winstanley and was shared with us by Jordan Wilson, one of The Wigan Young Souls.

It is the inspiration for a design to house the Recorded Soul archive... watch this space (box)!

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