UK Bonfire Night

UK Bonfire Night

The UK part of the project was hosted by Mark Graham of Grampus. We have an established wide network of European partners and have active cooperation with organisations in 15 European countries.

Grampus projects have always had a strong focus on rural issues and we have a strong local partnership. Our offices and training centre at Ashgill are regularly used as a venue for adult education activities. We run informal courses in a range of traditional skills and techniques including: traditional building techniques (wood, wattle and daub), Viking skills and activities, practical archaeology (excavation and survey) and textile techniques.

We are proud of links with the community and we are focused on addressing the needs of the community and cultural landscape in rural Cumbria.

Between 2006 and 2009 Grampus managed the Leonardo da Vinci Pilot Project ‘Unlocking Hidden Heritage’. Four of the five partners in this project were also partners in Unlocking. This project worked with ‘communities’ as a target group to develop curriculum and work with community groups to investigate regional traditional skills and re-establish a sense of ownership between local communities and their own cultural landscapes. The activities included surveying landscape features, developing skills associated with regional skills and crafts and restoring/reconstructing important landscape features.

Over the past three years Grampus have been a key partner in the UK Heritage Lottery funded ‘Bassenthwaite Reflections’ landscape partnership scheme. Our role was to work with local communities to provide informal learning and strengthen the connection with the landscape. We also run out of school clubs for three local schools to provide informal family learning through practical activities.

We have an established partnership with West House centre for people with learning difficulties and regularly host practical, informal learning workshops at Ashgill.

The season celebrated in Cumbria was Bonfire Night. Other activities during the action included visits to stone circles, a ghost hunt, watching the bonfire displays and having our own bonfire at our office, complete with apple bobbing, conkers, tasting preserves and pumpkin carving.