If you are passionate about Bowland, fascinated by its recent history, fancy yourself as an interviewer and have time to spare – the Bowland AONB wants to hear from you.
The Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty had has been awarded a £10,000 heritage grant for its new Bowland Scrapbook project.
This aims to showcase how farming and life has changed over the five decades since the area was officially declared an AONB. In particular, organisers are looking for volunteers to help at stands at a series of summer shows in the district and/or to go out and about collecting memories and photographs over the next two months.
The research will focus on four themes of local rural life since 1964: village life, farming life, tourism/walking and cycling and key events.
Cathy Hopley, development and funding officer for the AONB, said even those with a few hours or days to spare would be welcome to join the project.
She said: “We need people who are interested in local history and people. We can provide training in research techniques, scanning and uploading to digital archives and interviewing and recording skills for oral history work.
“We also need helpers to run our scrapbook stall at the summer country shows – we’ll be at Garstang (August 2), Chipping (August 23), Over Wyresdale/Abbeystead (August 16) and Hodder Valley show (September 13).
“Volunteers will learn new skills, which will be useful for any local history research, and they will also get to meet and talk to some really interesting characters from Bowland.”
The Scrapbook publication will be available in November with a free copy for all contributors. It will be launched at an anniversary gala on November 1 and will also be on sale at local outlets at a modest price, raising funds for Champion Bowland, the AONB charity.
Photos, documents and clippings which people contribute will be uploaded to the digital archive site www.historypin.com where ‘bowlandscrapbook’ has its own channel. The project also has a special Facebook page: https: //www.facebook.com/bowlandscrapbook
To volunteer, or contribute email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01200 448000.