90 years of Woodcraft Folk project to launch in the New Year

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

In the New Year Woodcraft Folk will be launching a new project to reflect on its 90 year history. The project will involve opportunities for members of all ages to explore:

• The difference Woodcraft Folk has made on people’s lives, leaders and children
• How society has changed in the last 90 years – do we live in a fairer more equal world?
• Personal stories and memories through oral history recordings
• Material held at the Youth Movement archive at LSE and the National Co-operative Archive

This is a really exciting project which has been made possible from the generous donations from Woodcraft Folk regions, districts and groups and a £80,000+ grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The 90 years of Woodcraft Folk project will work in partnership with UCL, University of Brighton, the National Co-operative Archive and the Youth Movement Archive at LSE.

In preparing this project many members were consulted and offered up ideas, comments such as Emily’s from Oxford who said “I would love to hear the voices of our elder members. I would relish the opportunity to share more of Woodcraft Folk’s heritage with my 6-9 year old Elfin members and ask them to carry this precious past with them as they shape the future of our movement.”

There are a whole host of ways that you can get involved, you can volunteer to:

1. Share your memories of Woodcraft Folk, from your first international camp to your favourite wide game
2. Collect oral histories, for which training and equipment will be given, spending time with experienced members asking questions, listening and recording the highs and the lows
3. Share photographs and memorabilia from your own Woodcraft Folk experience, from the well-worn t-shirt to your dog-eared Elfin log-book
4. Sort through memorabilia donations, photographing and scanning material ready to be archive
5. Support press and media coverage
6. Organise a local fundraising event to contribute to the match funding required for the project
7. Produce educational material for future group nights
8. Join the project steering group to make sure we get the most out of this project
9. Proof-read leaflets, website text, books, exhibition material

There is something for everyone, to offer your support or to find out more information please contact Debs McCahon on Deborah.mccahon@woodcraft.org.uk

You might also be interested in the new Heritage Project Officer vacancy, to find out more visit www.woodcraft.org.uk/news/heritage-project-officer

For now, here is a quick timeline of events:

January – Recruit Heritage Project Officer
Spring term – Recruit and train oral history volunteers, first training weekend 13th-15th March at Darsham
Summer term – Living history pageant in SE London and desert island disc production
September – Launching a pictorial history book and a new educational resource looking at the history of Woodcraft Folk and wider societal changes since 1925
Autumn term – Place living time capsules at Woodcraft Folk centres
November – Celebration event and conference event looking forward to the future, followed by a touring exhibition
Spring term 2016 – Hands IN month celebrating the history and impact of Woodcraft Folk

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