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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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New project wants your views on what makes Cumbria special

Organisers of a countywide project are asking the public what they think makes Cumbria special.

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Whether it be a cherished place, story, song or recipe linked to the county, people are being called upon to give their views for the Cumbria’s Unique Facets project.

The roadshow kicks off at Maryport’s Wave Centre on January 16 and those interested in contributing can pop along to talk to the team about their feelings of Cumbria, stories of life in the county and any possessions which they value.

This will help build a profile of Cumbria, which can then be shared online among all who love the county and all that it represents.

Project leader Mary Ferguson, who is based at Tullie House in Carlisle, said that to make it a success, they need contributions.

“We really want to assess what makes this county somewhere to take to our hearts and get to the bottom of why so many people cherish it,” she added.

“It might be a place, a story, a song or a recipe. It might be a personal memory or something of national or international significance.”

The roadshow will then be rolled out to other parts of the county, where people can ask questions, suggest aspects of life in Cumbria that should be highlighted and find out more about a new website which will support the project.

“By gathering stories, we will be able to start building a picture of what makes Cumbria special,” added Mrs Ferguson. “We hope as many people as possible will come to our launch and our roadshow events and make their voice heard. Everyone can play a part creating a picture of Cumbria as we know it today and of the Cumbria that we have known and loved in the past.”

The project is funded by Arts Council England and managed by The Cumbria Museum Consortium (CMC), which is made up of Tullie House, Lakeland Arts at Kendal and Bowness and the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere.

Have your say

What makes Cumbria really special is that there is actually no such place. It was invented by bureaucrats in Whitehall in 1974.

Posted by Michael on 9 January 2014 at 16:32

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