Where did The Secret Dreams Project come from?

The stories that are shared here were gathered by Tamsin Bishton, one part of the Wilsome partnership. (The other part being Charlie Peverett).

The intention to interview 20 people – with an ambition to hear from as wide a range of people and experiences as possible – was born out of a realisation that we were living through a unique experience and that there might be huge value in capturing people’s stories for future understanding and learning. (You can read the blog post which sets out the context for the devising of the project in more detail here.)

We’re publishing these stories as tribute to the bravery of ordinary people around the world who have faced down their fears and isolation and found a way to persevere and sometimes even flourish through this frightening and demanding time.

The stories shared here come from many different perspectives and experiences. The burden of the pandemic has not been equally shared between us and that is clear from what you’ll see and hear from the Secret Dreamers. But what unites them is honesty, bravery and openness. It is with huge gratitude to the people who took part that we publish the films to a wider audience.

The project is also in part a memorial to Tim Hemingray, Tamsin’s father-in-law, who died after contracting the Covid-19 virus in his care home in Middlesbrough in the middle of April. He was a gentle and kind man who was always curious about the lives of others.

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