Thursday, 10 October 2013

Enid Porter Set To Inspire Future Generations

A project to research and revive some of the best traditions of Cambridgeshire is to be helped by over £60,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Enid Porter’s Folk project will use the author’s collection of writings owned by the Museum of Cambridge as the inspiration and starting point to investigate some of Cambridgeshire’s historic past.

The lottery funding will help Cambridgeshire County Council’s Supporting Businesses and Communities Service, who bid for the funding, deliver a year long project with five places in Cambridgeshire.

Working with communities in Littleport, Swaffham Prior, Wisbech, Whittlesford and Haddenham, the project will use Enid Porter’s work to look at the traditions and celebrations practiced in Cambridgeshire. The findings will then be recorded with the discoveries archived to newly created web pages to be made available online.

Primary schools in the areas will also be involved through storytelling, songs using the rhymes from the writings and playing traditional music in order to research the customs from the area.

Local performances will then be organised to form part of a bigger celebration of what the project has uncovered which will be held at the end of the project in July 2014.

Cllr David Harty, Cabinet Member for Education and Learning, said: “The Enid Porter Notebooks contain a unique collection of folklore of National significance, specifically collected in Cambridge and its surrounding towns and villages. They will form the basis of some really exciting research into how these traditions fit into our modern lives - transcending time and technology. The lottery money allows this project to take place and bring together schools, community groups and local historians together so we can learn how the past reflects in our modern world.”

Dr Catherine Morris, Director of the Museum of Cambridge, said: “This is an inspired project to explore and revive stories and customs recorded by one of Cambridgeshire’s most significant cultural figures, Enid Porter. The Museum looks forward to working closely with the County Council and the village schools to generate a new cultural archive created by the children themselves.”

Robyn Llewellyn, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund East of England, said: “This is an exciting project that will re-connect the communities in five villages with the customs, traditions, dialects, and stories that inspired Enid Porter’s writings. It will also make available her fascinating accounts of local life in a bygone era.”

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported almost 35,000 projects with more than £5.5bn across the UK. www.hlf.org.uk.