The project to discover and celebrate Brecks swimming heritage, Tales from the River, is now getting started! The first training session took place on Wednesday 7 July, with more booked for September 2021. More info on the training 7 July and in Sept.
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.
FIRST TRAINING SESSION
This was held Wednesday 7 July, 1230-1630 Santon Downham
The trainer 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.
Future training in 2021 will include:
- Intro to Oral History collecting 7 September
- Doing research and intro to Suffolk Record Office, Bury St Edmunds, 22 September
- Tour of Norfolk Record Office, Norwich, September/October
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.
You might also be interested in the latest on the Healing Waters project: see Outdoor swimming practical project begins 2020, plans 2021.