The project to discover and celebrate Brecks swimming heritage, Tales from the River, is getting going! The next training sessions will be in autumn 2021.
The project is part of The Brecks Fen Edge & Rivers Landscape Partnership Scheme (BFER), supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. It will train and involve volunteers in gathering history, stories and folklore about recreation in/on/by the Brecks rivers and other waters.
Future training in 2021 will include:
- Doing research and intro to Suffolk Record Office, Bury St Edmunds, 1 November 10 am – a few places only
- Tour of Norfolk Record Office, Norwich, 8 November, 10.00
See this web page, Tales from the River Training July-Nov 2021, for more info.
We are looking for people who might like to tell us their stories and memories about swimming later in 2021, or would like to send us information – Outdoor Swimming maps, info, photos or stories to share.
If you would like to sign up to get involved in the project – Contact me and say you would like to be involved and to get updates – and to hear about future events in this or other projects sign up for BFER updates and newsletter here.
Summary of the project
Tales from the River will involve people in gathering and celebrating past and present stories and folklore about swimming and other recreation in, on or by the Breckland rivers and other waters.
The project is part of The Brecks Fen Edge & Rivers Landscape Partnership Scheme (BFER), supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
The project will provide training in archive research and oral history interviewing, and we hope that those trained will volunteer to do research and interviewing and will discover photographs and cine films. (Training is free, and those who volunteer in the project can claim travel expenses.)
We will share what we find with other projects and will present it in various ways, including exhibition, video, on the website, and to enrich the archives. Heritage information will inform the Healing Waters river survey and map, and will appear together with safety advice at key swimming spots.
More detail on the projects on this website and find documents about all the BFER projects on The Brecks Fen Edge & Rivers Landscape Partnership Scheme website, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Training sessions so far
The trainers, Mandy and Hannah from Suffolk Archives, gave an introduction to oral history, issues and legalities to consider, how to plan, prepare and conduct an interview, using the equipment and a chance to practice. We also discussed project planning and how to organise gathering stories and oral history recordings on swimming and other river recreation. More photos of the training.
Doing research and discovering the archives at Norfolk Record Office, Wednesday 7 July at Santon Downham Community Centre. The trainer, Victoria from Norfolk Record Office, outlined how to access the archives and do your own research, and illustrated this with examples of relevant documents/maps/material from the collection. We followed the training with a discussion on how volunteers can take the project forward and how we can organise doing some research and gather materials and stories on swimming and other river recreation. (The training reported in the BFER Newsletter 3. See some more photos of the sessions)
You might also be interested in the latest on the Healing Waters project: see Outdoor swimming practical project dates.