A very special way to celebrate the older people in our lives

Tuesday 30th August 2022 02:54 EDT

Initially launched as a local campaign to tackle loneliness and isolation, Silver Sunday is now a national day where people of all generations can come together by hosting fun and free activities for older people. It is a day where older people can meet new people, visit new places, try new activities and connect with their local communities and the generations around them.

Silver Sunday artwork represents a very special way to celebrate the older people in our lives. It encourages spending time with grandparents knowing more about their lives, learning from their experience and appreciating their life struggles. The artwork is created as part of Discover Bucks Museum's Bucks Heroes project. It acts as a visual encouragement for us to become oral historians for a day and get empowered through family stories.

Silver Sunday artwork has its roots in lockdown times, when we couldn't meet to celebrate older people in our lives. We ended up celebrating online by participating in a story-writing competition run by Harsha Basu Paintings. Bucks Heroes project has given my idea a bigger platform and we are expecting wider participation this year. 

What is the Bucks Heroes project all about?

Amersham based artist Harsha Wadhwani Basu tells us, “We are working with under-served communities around Buckinghamshire to collate and curate stories from the local people and landscape. Bucks Heroes project is about celebrating ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things making them everyday heroes, who have contributed to the history of Bucks.

“Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, this project will collaborate with the local community to showcase our many heroes through exciting and unusual activities in the new Discover Bucks People gallery once opened later in 2021 and online. We are looking for local heroes and would love to hear your story or that of your family or friends. If you would like to nominate an individual from Bucks who is a local hero please get in touch with our Bucks Heroes Programme Manager on [email protected].

“We are also currently converting our ground floor temporary exhibition room into a flexible community and learning space to be used by schools, community groups and visitors while they go round the new galleries.

“The project will create a programme of gallery and online activities around the Bucks heroes themes, support community events and present a Bucks Heroes Exhibition in 2023. Watch this space for more news and What’s On for forthcoming events.”

You can read more on https://silversunday.org.uk/

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