"Back to the Quarry" heritage project - Launch event

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The Story Museum

42 Pembroke St


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You are invited to celebrate the launch of an exciting new local heritage project, supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

"Back to the Quarry" is a project that will explore the musical history of the Kimber family from Headington Quarry, Oxfordshire; most notably the great concertina player William Kimber, who has inspired generations of musicians and dancers. Kimber's legacy has had a significant impact on the folk and Morris traditions of Oxfordshire and the UK, and his family are still making a contribution to the living and evolving musical traditions of the local area today.

During the project we will be creating an interactive online archive of heritage material linked to William Kimber and his family - including video, photographs, interview recordings, as well as links to pre-existing collections held elsewhere. This will be a unique opportunity to share the story of William Kimber with the local community, and to demonstrate ways of documenting and preserving our intangible heritage.

We will also be working with local schools, guiding groups of children as they explore different aspects of the story and find a way of telling the story in their own words. The resources created from the education part of the project will also be available via the archive. We are joined by musicians Paul Sartin and John Spiers from the folk super-group Bellowhead who will be working with the children on this project.

We will be celebrating the project launch with music and Morris dancing, including a display by pupils from Windmill Primary School.

There will be an opportunity for photos from 3.15pm before the event starts.

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