High Fell – The Cumbria Landscape Story

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Cumbria Wildlife Trust is looking for people to help tell the story of the Lake District’s high fells and bring alive the history of the iconic landscape and its wildlife.

The Trust is exploring the changes to our landscape through the High Fell – The Cumbria Landscape Story project by recording the memories of those of you who have lived and worked in the area since World War Two.

Funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, the project is looking for people to interview from all walks of life – from hill farmers, landowners, game keepers and graziers to former rangers, foresters, dry-stone wallers, naturalists, fell walkers, runners, local artists or simply people who have lived in the area for the last 50 to 60 years.

The recordings will be used to create a series of podcasts to complement walks in the high fells area. The podcasts will also be available on an interactive website alongside excerpts from other recorded interviews and imagery reflecting the landscape changes. A countywide exhibition of the project’s findings is planned for next year.

Sarah Johnson, the High Fell project officer  says “The history of the high fells is all around us, in local people’s living memories and experiences. The first-hand accounts of people who’ve lived and worked in the Lake District are vital to understanding how the changes have influenced the landscape, wildlife and people’s way of life. I think the oral history project is a great way to preserve the memories of people who live in this area, engage the public, and to bring alive the history of this iconic landscape for current and future generations.”

If you  would you like to participate, or know someone with a good story to tell, then please contact Sarah Johnson, on: 01539 816 305 or email sarahj@cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk

There are also opportunities for volunteers to help out with the project too, whether that is by helping to conduct interviews, transcribe interviews, undertake historical research in libraries or even help with the artistic interpretation of the memories. If you;d like to get involved as a volunteer, please get in touch!

For more informaiton about the work of Cumbria Wildlife Trust,  see http://www.cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk/.

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