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Help us mine our history at Severn Valley Country Park

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Severn Valley Country Park are seeking enthusiastic new volunteers to form a new group of volunteer historians.

An image of the River Severn sat in the lush Severn Valley running through Severn Valley Country Park. The Park will be holding a Volunteer Historians event to as part of the recruitment for people to work on the Severn Valley Living in the Landscape heritage research project.

Severn Valley Country Park

The volunteer historians will work with the recently appointed project officer on the new ‘Severn Valley Lives in the Landscape’ heritage research project.

The group will play an invaluable role in the delivery of the project.

The aim of the project is to uncover the forgotten stories of people who lived and worked in the Severn Valley around Highley and Alveley – from miners and quarrymen, to cottage residents and Potters Loade ferrymen.

Anyone keen to join the volunteer group will be able to take part in practical archaeology, oral history recording, archive research, project events and more!

Sarah Croft, project officer for the Severn Valley Lives in the Landscape project, said:

“I’m incredibly excited about the potential this project has. It’s going to uncover fascinating, and in many ways forgotten, accounts of real people who lived and worked in the Severn Valley. Our Volunteer Historians will be central in ensuring that these stories are captured for future generations to enjoy.”

A taster session for the Volunteer Historians group will take place from 1pm on Monday 3 June 2019 at The Hut, near the Refreshments Kiosk, Severn Valley Country Park, Alveley, WV15 6NG.

The session will include an introduction to the project with more information on volunteering, and a practical element in completing a millstone survey. Tea and coffee will be provided, and anyone wishing to attend should bring suitable footwear for walking in the country park during the survey.

Severn Valley Lives in the Landscape’ is being jointly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Jean Jackson Trust and Shropshire Council.

For further information please call 01746 781192 or email sarah.croft@shrosphire.gov.uk.

For more information about Severn Valley Country Park, visit the website.

Severn Valley Country Park is managed and maintained by Shropshire Council.