History Hunters Festival Gets Underway
From Angharad and Róisín of ANCIENT CONNECTIONS
Covid has had a significant impact on the Ancient Connections programme. So much of our History Hunters and Ambassadors work has community building at its heart that it’s been difficult to imagine how they could work online.
But we’re hopeful that it won’t be long until we can responsibly physically gather. So we’re beginning the process of training and sharing stories again, albeit online right now, to prepare the way for more contact and opportunities to meet and share research and findings across our project areas in Pembrokeshire and County Wexford, hopefully later on in the year, and into 2022 as part of the extension agreed for the Ancient Connections project.
Some of you reading this will already have attended one of our training or story sharing sessions at the beginning of last year, before the first lockdown. Others have joined our mailing list. Thank you, all. We hope that our History Hunters Festival, 5-14 May, will help you develop your local history research skills, as well as deepen your knowledge and inspire further interest in delving into the extraordinary stories and local histories of Pembrokeshire and County Wexford.
Just a reminder: no previous research experience is necessary. This festival aims to develop skills and interest as well as give you a flavour of the exciting history and archaeology being unearthed through this project.
The festival includes training in using online sources, planning oral history projects, and sharing stories through blogging, writing articles and storytelling. If you’re already an experienced local history researcher, we want to hear from you too so that the whole community can benefit from your experience and knowledge, so please do get in touch.
We’re in the process of setting up a History Hunters online forum where thoughts, research, memories and challenges with your projects can be shared. We hope it will become a valued resource and online space for local history buffs. More about that during the festival.
All the festival events are totally free, but places are limited, so we encourage you to take a look at the programme, by going to our website, and booking a place on those events that appeal. We will be adding more events in the form of talks about the local history and archaeology of our project areas over the next week or so .
We’d also like to encourage you to join us for a welcome online chat on Wednesday 5 May. In addition to being an opportunity to find out more about how our History Hunters events and workshops can help you to discover and share more about your local place, it will also be a chance to meet other people who are interested in your locality and the connections between our two historically rich project areas. We look forward to sharing some great local history with you.