Memories are fragile, and yet they are the way we are able to tell our story. Stories help us understand who we are and how we got here. In a rapidly changing landscape like the Tame Valley, memories of how it once was and how it shaped lives can easily be lost.
You can help us ensure we hear the stories of those who witnessed the changes and what it was like to live in the Tame Valley. We’d like you to help us build a picture of the local history of the Tame Valley Wetlands by sharing your stories (and those passed down to you), photographs and memories with us so we can all Tell the Tale of the Tame.
We would like to hear from local groups and organisations, schools and individuals to create a picture of the changing landscape of the Tame Valley. Our project runs until December 2017 so please get in touch as soon as possible.
You can share your stories, photographs and memories in the following ways:
- Visit us at our Memory Cafes. The next one will be on 10 October from 1.00 – 3.00 pm at Middleton Hall. No need to book, just come along with your photographs and memories and enjoy a chat and a cup of tea. Details of how to find Middleton Hall can be found by following this link.
- We can visit your local group or organisation where we will record your memories as a film or audio recording. We can also provide a 15 minute talk to accompany the memory collection. There is no charge for us to visit you. Please contact us to arrange.
- We can visit your school to talk to your students about how they can collect memories from their families and people they know, creating an engaging local history project. We can assist you in setting up your own Memory Cafe, and show you how to record the stories you collect on the Telling the Tale of the Tame map.
- Email us with your memories and photographs. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone us to talk about your stories. 07866 500168
- Write to us:
Telling the Tale of the Tame
Tame Valley Wetlands
Hams Hall Environmental Studies Centre
Hams Hall Distribution Park
Coleshill, North Warwickshire
- You can upload your memories and photographs to a specially created Google Map (below). You can do this yourself or we will do it with you when we meet.
- To add to the Telling the Tale of the Tame Google Map, you’ll need a Google account. Sign in to your account and then click on the map (below). For help on how to add to the map, please follow this link.
At the end of the project, we will create a book and an exhibition so as many people as possible can access the Tale of the Tame. Memories, photographs and films collected will be archived securely so they can be preserved for future generations.
This project is being run by HistoryNeedsYou for the Tame Valley Wetlands, and is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.