We had an inception meeting today with staff from British Waterways to begin a year-long project called ‘Digital Memories of the Lune Aqueduct’. This project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, aims to discover, record and communicate people’s experiences and stories of the aqueduct and canal. We will train volunteers to undertake oral history work, along with local history research, heritage interpretation and podcast production.
We met at British Waterways beautiful Red Bull Yard in Staffordshire – and I’m sorry I didn’t take a picture of the area which also has a canal-side pub of the same name serving great food.
inHeritage won the tender because of our track record of oral history and audio trail work, including the Railway Memories from the Monsal Trail project completed last year for the Peak District National Park Authority. We were also chosen as the preferred contractor because of our experience and commitment to community training.
The project is one of two oral history projects we are managing this year. The other being about Calver Weir and Mill.