Introduction

A series of audio walks that will tell a new story of the culture, identity and history of the Sherwood Forest area.

Initiated by the Nottingham community theatre company Excavate in partnership with Inspire: Learning, Libraries and Culture and the Miner2Major Landscape Partnership scheme, and funded by Arts Council England and the Lottery Heritage Fund.

The Sherwood Voices project is working with groups of people from towns and villages across the region, to map walks and gather memories and stories that focus on hidden histories and contemporary experience. Together we will create a series of walking routes and audio stories that will allow people to experience and understand the area in a new way. 

Over the autumn the team will continue with the work of visiting festivals, libraries and community venues in towns and villages across the area to gather people’s tales and knowledge, as well as offering them the chance to submit their own stories and insights through Sherwood Storycards and the Sherwood Voices website.  Once this material has been gathered we’ll be working with people to help shape this into a series of seven recorded stories and audio pieces that will become part of newly created or already established walking routes, ready to be launched next year.

Andy Barrett, whose many plays for BBC Radio, New Perspectives and the Nottingham Playhouse, have been based on local histories, will be working with groups on choosing and shaping the stories that will be told and the walking routes on which they will be shared. ‘Over the last year we’ve all embraced the local and have realised how important our neighbours and communities are.  This project is a chance to dig into the diversity of voice and experience that make up the places where we live, and to encourage people to explore their towns and villages anew through the power of story and the joy of walking’.

The project is particularly interested in hearing from people who feel that their stories may not have been told, or that their understanding of the place where they live is different to that which is normally expressed.

The towns and villages that we are focussing on are Clipstone, Edwinstowe, Ollerton, Rainworth, Ravenshead, Newstead, Papplewick, Linby, Hucknall, Bestwood and Calverton.

If you would like to know more or are interested in helping to tell a new story about this area, or of sharing something about your town or village that people may not know you can email andy@excavate.org.uk or fill out this online form.