Day One began by the entrance to the museum. We looked at a selection of Joseph Hardman images one of which was taken in front of Abbot Hall when the oval was boarded for dancing. Dancing happened to celebrate VE and VJ days and also in 1953 to celebrate the Queen’s coronation. I’d collected some songs that were being sung in 1953; I Believe by Frankie Laine, Secret Love by Doris Day and That’s Amore by Dean Martin to name a few. I showed the group a map of Kendal that I had collaged with Hardman photography and many tiny images of Joseph Hardman dotted along the routes that we would be taking. Our first location was around Kirkland, the church, gallery and river. I had sourced a walking stick and parasol, similar to those visible in a couple of the Hardman images and these became useful props.
After a quick introduction to the ipads, and an invitation to be playful (the instruction to take ‘selfies’ and photographs of our feet as we were walking caused much hilarity!) the group dispersed and enjoyed the next 45 minutes exploring the area. Joyce was brilliant at receiving tips about how to use the ipad from members of the public. The general feeling was relaxed and enjoying and we finished the session in the coffee house with Joyce’s stories of bowls and golf inspiring a memory in Annette of hitting a hole in one and never letting her husband forget it!