How it all began

The idea for the Tell Me Project came about after Manx-born Hugh Davidson, had written a book called Pieces of Eight, a collection of memoires about his own family.

The idea for the Tell Me Project came about after Manx-born Hugh Davidson, a retired businessman and renowned marketing specialist, had written a book called Pieces of Eight, a collection of memoires about his own family.

This prompted his wife Sandra to suggest he develop a school’s programme where children would record and preserve the memories of older people in their own communities and families.

This led to the setting up of the Tell Me Project through the H&S Davidson Trust, as a ‘Freedom to Flourish’* initiative.

Additional funding was required to get the project up and running so AXA Isle of Man was approached and generously agreed to become co-sponsors and commit funding for four years.

 

The next task was to find suitable partners to help make the project work. Penny Creighton MBE the then CEO of Age Concern Isle of Man was an obvious choice. Her expertise and experience of working with older people along with a background in education was to prove invaluable.

Today, Age Concern Isle of Man is one of the core partners in the Tell Me Project along with the Department of Education and Children.

 

Other partners soon came on board to include Isle of Man Newspapers, Manx Radio, Manx Telecom and Manx National Heritage.

Regular meetings are held by the Tell Me Project Steering Group that comprises members the project’s partners and sponsors. Without their important involvement the project would not be where it is today.

One of the key initiatives of the Tell Me Project is the publication of an annual Tell Me book, featuring the most interesting interviews and sold through local bookshops and other outlets.

The Tell Me Project is going from strength to strength, attracting interest from as far afield as China, the US and Denmark. With the launch of this new website, the Tell Me Project continues to attract worldwide attention and interest.

*Freedom to Flourish

The Tell Me Project is a Freedom to Flourish initiative. The principle of the Freedom to Flourish strategy, launched by the Chief Minister of the Isle of Man, Tony Brown, MHK in 2007 is that -‘The Isle of Man is a land of possibility where everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential.’