While I was making a cup of tea, I was pounced on by Gary Rushworth who took the opportunity to tell me about the 'Clear Waters' oral history project, which he was the project officer for a few years ago. And now I'm going to tell you about it, because I think it's pretty cool.
The Clear Waters oral history project tells the story of lake Windermere over the past 50-60 years, through the memories of the people who have lived and worked there. I love this kind of history, based on memories, old photographs and stories; tales of floating hen houses, monster fish and ice skating on the lake. The project interviewed volunteers from four different groups of people: anglers and sport fishermen, local people involved in lake recreation, long term residents with an interest in wildlife or recreation and former employees and members of the Freshwater Biological Association. The project exhibited in and around Windermere but some extracts and information can be found on the project website.
Go check it out!