Exhibition exploring technology launches at Fareham museum

Local illustrator ''Kate Bishop, project manager Lorna Franklin and Abigail Ede, one of the young people from Fareham College who put together the exhibition
Local illustrator ''Kate Bishop, project manager Lorna Franklin and Abigail Ede, one of the young people from Fareham College who put together the exhibition
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MORE than 50 people attended a private showing of an exhibition ahead of its launch.

The No Facebook? OMG! exhibition opened at Westbury Manor Museum in West Street, Fareham, with a private view and launch.

It was officially opened by Hampshire County Council’s Fareham Town councillor Peter Latham.

The exhibition is the result of a Heritage Lottery-funded Young Roots project, which started in February at Ashcroft Arts Centre in Fareham.

It involved 25 young people from Fareham College, Barton Peveril and Ashcroft Arts Centre, who explored the relationship between teenagers and technology through the last five decades.

They took part in workshops on oral history, research and exhibition curation, researching specific areas of technology and its impact on teenagers.

Hannah Ashwell, from Hampshire Cultural Trust, said: ‘They have been able to explore heritage while using their creative skills to create an interesting and relevant exhibition for the local community.’

Kalvin Willis, one of the young people who regularly attends projects with Ashcroft Arts Centre, said: ‘It’s nice to see everyone interested in the hard work we’ve done.’

He encouraged people to come to the exhibition to try some specially-designed video games, find out about gaming from the earliest video games to today and to challenge their friends to Pong – a classic video game.

There is also a chance for people to contribute their own ideas to a Facebook survey and find out what our other visitors think of social media.

The exhibition is open until Saturday, November 7 and is free to attend.

It features a giant iPhone, interactive retro games and a physical Facebook wall through the decades.