High Fell – The Cumbria Landscape Story




A wildlife trust in Cumbria has secured lottery money to enable it to record memories of the Lakeland fells.

The oral history project will record memories of how the fells have changed since World War Two

The oral history project will record memories of how the fells have changed since World War Two

Cumbria Wildlife Trust has secured funding from The Heritage Lottery Fund for its latest project, High Fell – The Cumbria Landscape Story.

The oral history project will record memories of how the fells have changed since World War Two.

Memories and stories of individuals who have lived and worked in the Lakes for 50 to 60 years will be recorded and archived by local volunteers, preserving crucial information for future generations.

Neil Harnott, Senior Conservation Officer, said: ‘Changes in land management and a movement away from traditional ways of working the land have led to a transformation in the landscape of the Lake District. The effects of these changes on the landscape and its people have gone largely unrecorded so this project will seek to redress the balance.’

It is hoped that the project will also be able to show how dramatically the iconic landscape of the high fells and its biodiversity has changed through the decades.

Collected memories will be available via a new interactive website and downloadable podcasts.

The project is due to start in April 2011 and will run for 12 months.

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