2.2 – Tales from the River
The Tales from the River project held its first drop-in session, together with the Oxborough History Group. 30 visitors came along to look at historic documents & photos from the village and the local area. There were opportunities to view the project’s display panels, enjoy refreshments, chat with each other, and to the volunteers, to share memories of swimming, fishing, boating, or playing in the rivers.
They jotted down on post-it notes how they enjoyed the rivers and put stickers on the map to show where and what recreation they did or if they owned land and welcomed recreation there. Volunteers recorded some oral history interviews on the day and arranged to do several more at people’s homes, as well as people signing up for updates on the project.
We heard stories about supposedly bottomless pingos, enormous sea trout making their way up the rivers and streams, about picnics and paddling, and about all the ways water in the area was so important in people’s lives. One person brought in the skull of a large animal found in their part of the river, and another talked about some enormous deer antlers they had found.
We are looking for people who might like to tell us their stories and memories about swimming and other recreation or activities, or would like to send us information – do get in touch https://www.imogensriverswims.co.uk/blog/os-brecks-2/outdoor-swimming-photos-or-stories-to-share/
The next project drop-in event is at Thetford Library, on 3 May