Fort Walney Uncovered

Project Category: Registered charityProject Tags: Cultural Heritage and Education

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    Art Gene’s associate artists and archaeologists are offering a unique opportunity to rediscover the military heritage on the Northern end of Walney Island, Barrow in Furness and uncover the stories of Walney during the two World Wars.

    Fort Walney Uncovered is a new collaborative programme of art, app and archaeology which is focused on the remains of a WW1-era practice trench and a gun range that was probably used in both wars, hidden among the dunes of the National Nature Reserve on North Walney.

    We’re inviting members of the public to come and work with the professional archaeologists as well as our artists to enhance everyone’s understanding of our locality and value the military heritage for which Barrow is internationally known for.

    You can come and find out more about the project at its launch on Friday 29 August from 7.00pm. Guest speakers include George Nash and Thomas Wellicome, Project Archaeologist and Maddi Nicholson and Stuart Bastik from Art Gene.

    Refreshments will be provided: please rsvp here to confirm your place on this inspirational project.

    Due to popular demand, Place Makers – our Art Gene Volunteer Training programme – will be repeated on Saturday 30 August and will focus particularly on the research, data collection and interview skills which will be used during the Fort Walney Uncovered programme.

    Placemakers are people from towns and villages around the bay, from Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria to Cockerham in Lancashire. They are volunteers, helping out on any (or all) of our art and heritage projects, exploring the social, natural and built environment. You might uncover the remains of a First World War training camp, or record people’s memories of the remarkable places that make up the Morecambe Bay community. And, you can do as much or as little as you like.

    The Place Makers Day includes:
    * Introduction to Research Skills
    * Introduction to Interview Skills
    * Introduction to Interpretation Skills
    * Introduction to the Fort Walney Uncovered art and archaeology project

    The Place Maker Training Day will be on Saturday 30 August from 10am – 4pm at Art Gene, Nan Tait Centre, Abbey Road, Barrow-in-Furness, LA14 1LG

    Lunch is included and refreshments will be served in the morning and afternoon.

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