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Here and There

Starting at 19:00 on the 6 March 2018

Location: PPP Wick

‘Here & There: The Wick Society in Scotland’s Film Heritage’

A special free screening of archive films from the Wick Society’s moving image collection

taking place on Tuesday 6th March at 7pm in Pulteneytown People’s Project

One of Scotland’s leading archive film curators has been let loose in the moving image collections of The Wick Society and she’ll be sharing her big screen highlights at a special free screening event taking place at the Pulteneytown People’s Project community centre on Huddart Street in Wick on Tuesday 6th March at 7pm and is part of the 2018 Caithness International Science Festival.

Shona Thomson – who presented the sell-out ‘Made by the Sea’ archive film event in Thurso’s Merlin Cinema in August last year – has been invited by The Wick Society to work with the wide range of films donated to the Society over the years and now preserved in the National Library of Scotland’s Moving Image Archive. The evening will feature films of Wick and the surrounding area from the 1930s right through to footage of the moment in the mid-1970s when boats blocked the inner harbour in protest of international fishing sanctions.

Following the screening, Shona will be joined by special guests including The Wick Society’s former chairman Harry Gray. This special event is planned to coincide with the Caithness International Science Festival taking place from 24th February -17th March across the region.

On the evening, refreshments will be available to purchase, the proceeds of which will go to the Pulteneytown People’s Project. A raffle will also be run by The Wick Society.

Shona Thomson said: “The Johnston Collection held by The Wick Society is well-known nationally (and indeed worldwide) as a pioneering record of the area in still images. I feel honoured to have been asked to research the Society’s moving image collection where local filmmakers like Alexander Johnston were similarly innovative in film. I’m keen to show the importance of the Society’s films of Wick in the national context so there will also be a chance to see some of the Scotland’s oldest surviving films dating from 1897.”

Ian Leith, Chairman of The Wick Society said: “The Wick Society is keen to take our collections out beyond the walls of the Museum and to have the expertise of Shona Thomson makes this all the more memorable”. “We are also delighted to be working along with the Pulteney Centre and the Caithness International Science Festival”

‘Here & There: The Wick Society in Scotland’s Film Heritage’ takes place on Tuesday 6th March at 7pm in the Pulteneytown People’s Project on Huddart Street, Wick KW1 5BA. Entry is free of charge (donations to The Wick Society, will be gratefully received)

Tickets are limited, so to ensure your seat, contact the The Pulteney Centre in person or by telephone (01955 608530)

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