The Big Middle

What it means, how it feels to grow old

Episode Summary

Voices of 70+ Londoners on ageing

Episode Notes

You will love the learning and sharing and raw emotion in this episode of The Big Middle.

For this look at the big issues of longer midlife, I’ve teamed up with The Liminal space, a London design consultancy-cum-think tank. You may already know a space that’s liminal is one of transition and transformation, where what was becomes what next.

The studio collaborated with the Centre for Ageing Better and University College London to create Unclaimed, a quirky immersive installation about population ageing that had a great first run at The Barbican. Funds permitting, the exhibit will come out of storage for a tour of the UK and beyond.

The anonymous voices you'll hear are the stars of Unclaimed, all 70 and older. But you don’t see what their owners look like or discover more about them than what they share. Director Sarah Douglas more than met the challenge of provoking deeper thinking about ageing without using images that might have reinforced ageist stereotypes. The Liminal Space team came up with a metaphor for all of life - a lost property office.



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