Media and Film student, Hannah Seager, has been named the first ever winner of the Young Civic Society volunteer award.
The Marsh Civic Awards are awarded annually to recognise an “outstanding contribution to the civic movement” by an individual and a group. The awards are supported by the Marsh Christian Trust and this year, a new award was created to recognise the outstanding contribution made by a younger person to the civic movement.
Conservation areas make a major contribution to protecting Altrincham’s heritage for future generations. To tell the local story on conservation areas in Altrincham, it was important to show as many of the area’s fine buildings and areas as possible. As video is now a very common media, particularly with younger people, the society started talks with Trafford College about creating a video to tell the story about why conservation areas are vital.
Hannah volunteered for the project and from just an outline storyboard, she produced what was described as a ‘wow’ video. Hannah worked within an impossibly tight deadline whilst also completing her normal college assignments. She kept the video short so as hold the attention of the viewer and maintained a moderate pace to the story. Screen captions gave extra impact to the main messages of why conservation areas are important, and she made sure the history and reasons for conservation was explained in an understandable way.
On Civic Day 2017, Hannah’s video had centre stage on the town centre stall, playing continuously. The video helped to start many conversations about how Altrincham can protect its heritage.
Hannah commented, “I was approached by my tutor, Joe Evans, who asked if I was able to produce a video for the Altrincham and Bowden Civic Society, as I live in that area. I made a video to show the conservation areas and how important it was to protect them. I was really surprised to be nominated for an award as I volunteered solely for the work experience, but I was even more surprised to win for ‘young person contribution’. I understand more now about how important it is to look after listed buildings, which make an area what it is.”
You can view the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B14TY5eAmNw