This project involved working with a variety of Forest of Dean communities to create celebrations about their history and people. The project team succeeded in preserving local knowledge and history through the creation of podcasts from audios with the community, blogs written by community members, public performances and events based on the history of the local area.
The Community Celebration project delivered ten different community celebrations culminating in one big celebration event, The Mushet Celebration, in February 2022. The celebrations were based on the communities own history and people, exploring a range of creative skills to share, exchange and develop heritage information.
The project encouraged, among other things, vlogs/blogs, podcasts, photography, film, local exhibitions and infographics as community tools in preserving and enhancing local heritage, all with the objective to recreate community networks, get communities talking to each other and connecting with the wider community.
In August 2020 the 'Forest Folk' podcast series was launched. Wyldwood Arts' podcast producer Nikki Ruck, and their previous podcast producer Alice Homewood, have created some fascinating podcasts for us capturing the community that lives in the Forest. To take a look at these podcasts visit: Forest Folk Podcast
Photo: Three generations of Freeminers, the Ashly family, photographed by Cam Adams. Featured in the Freeminers Podcast.
Volunteer involvement will always be needed to help with celebration events taking place in the Forest of Dean.
Click here to go to the Wyldwood Arts website