ST ANNS 50/10


In 1969, filmaker Stephen Frears produced a documentary film, Report: St Anns, based on research by Ken Coates, Richard Silburn and the St Anns Study Group about poverty in St Anns, an inner city ward in Nottingham.


Fifty years on there have been comprehensive slum clearance and redevelopment, major central and local government, public health and other investment programmes, including ten years of City Challenge, and major changes in population demographics. Despite this, St Anns remains the second most deprived area in Nottingham, with a ten year gap between healthy life expectency in St Anns compared to the wealthiest ward in Nottingham.


The project proposes to use the proven power of storytelling to engage, educate and motivate to action through:

  • A learning history - a narrative based research process, which engages all participants - residents, researchers, system leaders - as experts and co-learners in a series of multi-layered conversations about health and wellbeing.

  • Training young people as storytellers, to produce a documentary film short and photo essay, whose stories will elicit a nuanced understanding of what supports or impedes health and wellbeing in St Anns.


Learning from the project will inform, influence and shape future community led and wider system initiatives around health and wellbeing in St Anns


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