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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.

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Not sure if im commenting, in the wright place its about the so called refurb of the town center £250,000 lets face it a lot of money, wondering if its posable to find out on what this money is actualy being spent on.band stand being produced out side of Carlisle,I myself know of at least 3/4 companys very local infact Kingstown/Rosehill of whom will make it for a lot less money,and be proud of it. And is it also posable to get a shedual of the works to be carried out along with cost;s now if this works are to be carried out in order to attract tourist,s surely by useing any money saved can go towards a clean up,of the areas aroud our main atraction,s ie Tullie house, Meleium bridge Under pass into victoria park, bottom end of Fisher St Castle st,Abby st as someone who lives in the city center it is beyound beleaf at the numbers of tourists who ask for directoins and then have to use a lift that if it public toilet would condemed as unfit for use.

Posted by Neil Munro on 20 April 2015 at 16:15

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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