Telling the forgotten stories
We are four journalism students at the Oulu University of Applied Sciences, OAMK. We are making a multimedia production about abandoned – or nearly abandoned – places. The places we are showing used to be full of life. We are discovering why they are slowly dying out.
Varjakansaari is an island that used to be filled with life. The sawmill caused people to settle on the island. When the activity of the sawmill stopped, some of the people moved away. Eventually it took decades for all the people to leave the island. Nowadays the island is silent and empty.
Lampinsaari is an old mine village. The zinc mine opened up in 1952 and was the biggest one in Europe. Forty years later, in 1992, the mine was closed. The following years, people start to leave the village. Resulting in a half abandoned village with lots of history.
Tuira's park was designed to be an hospital area in the middle of Oulu. It had lots of buildings used for different purposes. When the main hospital moved to a different area, Tuira's park was not needed anymore. There are still some buildings in use, but most of them are left to rot.