Swim history project plans 2020, 2021

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The National Lottery Heritage Fund
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The Brecks Fen Edge & Rivers Landscape Partnership Scheme

The project to discover and celebrate Brecks swimming heritage, Tales from the River, was due to begin with training in spring 2020 but this was postponed.

The project is part of The Brecks Fen Edge & Rivers Landscape Partnership Scheme (BFER), supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

During 2020 the Covid-19 situation has meant thinking carefully about delivering the BFER projects, and this is likely to continue.

We are now thinking about how we can deliver the Tales from the River project in 2021.

Currently we are planning to hold a week of training for young people on preparing an exhibition (with additional skills including research, oral history interviewing, putting together photos/video), and hoping to do this in half term week February 2021, but this will depend on Covid 19 rules nearer the time.

During 2020 we have been asking if you have any Outdoor Swimming maps, info, photos or stories to share – please contact me if so.

The original plan for 2020 was to provide free training sessions for adults at Thetford and tours of the two county record offices that cover Breckland: archives and research; oral history; tour of Suffolk Record Office, Bury St Edmunds; tour of Norfolk Record Office, Norwich. We hope this plan can be rescheduled once restrictions allow.

You can sign up to get involved in the project once things get moving – 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

children in a river in summer
St Helen’s family swim

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.

Please contact me with any questions, or to sign up for updates. More on how to get involved on this website.

You might also be interested in the latest on the Healing Waters project: see Outdoor swimming practical project begins 2020, plans 2021.

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Display panel 1: Tales from the River (used at Conference March 2019)
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The Brecks Fen Edge & Rivers Landscape Partnership Scheme
NHLF logo, link to website
The National Lottery Heritage Fund

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