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Silver Stories

Silver Stories (2013-2015) is a research and training partnership of nine organisations from six countries. It brings together expertise in digital storytelling, community engagement and education to train professionals working with community groups and elderly people. It then goes on to explore the process of digital storytelling through a consideration of the stories gathered.

It flows from an earlier Action Research project called EXTENDING CREATIVE PRACTICE (2010-2012) and comparable activity which demonstrated the efficacy of digital storytelling as means to engage older people and marginalized groups in the use of ICT. SILVER STORIES extends this research into new areas by working with professionals and providing a greater emphasis on the stories told.

Our research activity aims to:

  • Adapt and transfer learning methods from EXTENDING CREATIVE PRACTICE across the whole partnership and extend it to two new countries and, working to provide VET for a new target professional group – i.e. trainers and employees working in the caring professions across the whole partnership.
  • Establish a means for Digital Storytelling to be incorporated into the on-going training of professionals in all the partner countries.
  • Research the use of digital storytelling by older people to gain a clearer understanding of why people tell specific stories
  • Investigate the scope for developing a systematic approach to the collection of Digital Stories

The partnership includes organisations with expertise in Digital Storytelling (Digitales, Digital Story Lab, Mitra, Trapezium), provision of vocational training for targeted professionals (University of Brighton, Leiria, Laurea and the Progress Foundation), evaluation (CUCR) and research (University of Brighton, DigiTales). It has the skills, experience and knowledge needed to develop the vocational use of Digital Storytelling in the caring professions. This is supplemented by long standing working relationships and a successful track record in the delivery of pan European research projects. Silver Stories is a network designed to connect practice and professional training to research through a series of interventions. Each partner has a specific area of expertise and stands to benefit from the wider participation in Silver Stories.


Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR) GoldsmithsThe Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (IPL) - logoProgress Foundation logoMITRAStoryLab

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For Further Information Contact:

Silver Stories Site

Mark Dunford, Principal Investigator –

Sarah Macnee, Project Manager –

Isobel Creed, Research Officer –