11    Nov 20100 comments

UK Census Competition: Sharing Our Family Stories

We’ve just come across an interesting competition for UK users, and thought we’d share it with you.

On 27th March next year the UK will be conducting its national census, and to celebrate this a competition has been set up for UK residents to share their family stories.

Called ‘Then and now: family stories’, the competition gives people the chance to represent the changing face of Britain over the past several decades by showcasing the part their own families played in it.

You can enter via the competition website, which asks you to submit two photographs (one recent, one older), along with the most amazing, amusing, or touching story from your family that you’d like to share.

Ten high-end Olympus cameras are up for grabs, and winners will see their pictures projected onto iconic buildings across the UK. The images will make up a nation-wide exhibition to celebrate the personal stories which lie behind the changes in British culture over time.

The judging panel includes journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, and BBC broadcaster Kurt Barling. You can find out more about what the judges are looking for here.

Kurt Barling, whose family photo can be seen above, gave some insight into his own background and his chosen picture in particular:

“This gathering of the Barlings in 1910 captures the family at the wedding of my great-grandparents first born…The 1911 census showed my great-grandfather cramming much of his large family into a couple of rented rooms in what is now known as Archway. He worked for the Great Northern railway at Camden…The Barlings like many English families spread out across the world during a century in which an Empire, two World Wars and dramatic social and economic changes meant Islington would no longer provide the work opportunities or meet the aspirations of many of those in the original picture. As more Imperial subjects made their way to London after WWII to take advantage of a British education and opportunity, I arrived as an example of the new emerging diversity of modern Britain.”

The competition is open now until 3 December. The web address is: http://2011.census.gov.uk/2011thenandnow

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