Crime & Punishment is the third phase of BTV’s youth empowerment project Change the Story, involving a group of 30 at risk young people, in a digital storytelling heritage collection project exploring the heritage of incarceration and social justice across the North East, through photographic portraiture and digital tools.

The project will be led by artist Tina Gharavi and will offer participants new skills in research, storytelling, photography, digital media and project management. At the heart of this project lies an interest in self-representation, challenging stereotypes and bias, as well as investing in heritage in order to produce new understanding of the changing social justice order.

Participants will accomplish a ‘back-to-history’ tour in the past by visiting different heritage sites such as Newcastle’s Castle Keep (former prison) and Carliol Square Gaol, as well as will immerse themselves in Tyne and Wear Archives' collection of criminal mugshots -including both young offenders and adult offenders- during Victorian times.

Through consulting special collections at Newcastle University’s Robinson Library and Palace Green Library archives (Durham) and on-line learning resources, young participants will acquire an awareness of the evolving nature of social justice and to produce a collection of digital stories in order to better preserve heritage and past histories, while exploring notions of social justice, punishment and crime.

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