Great Fen, Abbey College, Stories in Film, Heritage Lottery Fund
The fens have changed dramatically over the last hundred years. Have you ever wondered what life was like farming in the fens from the 1920's onwards, or what it was like to live during the Second World War in a small fen village?
Thanks to the Local Memories Project you can travel back to a time when bomber planes filled the skies and see archive footage of the extinct large copper butterfly. Explore these fascinating stories in text, photos, audio and film. A mixture of staff and volunteers from the Great Fen and Ramsey Rural Museum along with students from Abbey College worked together to gather and record stories from local people.
These stories recounted local people's time growing up and living on the fens. Objects and photographs were also donated by local people. The Great Fen team used these stories, photographs and artefacts to create booklets, a DVD and Audio CD.
All the above are available for a small fee: please contact the Great Fen team.
As another part of the Local Memories Project several heritage pamphlets were produced and these are available to download below. All enable you to explore the stories and memories of what life was like in the fens:
These pamphlets are also available in printed form: please contact the Great Fen team.
... to the Heritage Lottery Fund and other funders of the Holmewood Estate Project for supporting this work.
You can learn more about the history of the Fen by looking at the Greater Fen Museum Partnership website.
You can also read about the Story of Woodwalton Castle.