Discover: Warwickshire Storytrails

The launch of our new Warwickshire heritage cyber storytrail was a huge success!

Friday 9 September saw St Peter’s Church, Wellesbourne packed with over 130 people for the launch of Live & Local’s new ‘Discover: Warwickshire Storytrails’ project. With the first hands-on use of the pilot ‘Discover: Chedham’s Stories’ mobile website and the premiere of 11 story-songs about Chedham’s Yard’s past by local musicians Kel Elliott & Her Three Man Orchestra, the night was a huge success.

picmonkey-collageSupported by Warwickshire County Council’s Tourism Event Fund, Live & Local is developing an innovative way to explore heritage sites through stories and songs. The pilot, ‘Discover: Chedham’s Stories’ launched on the Heritage Open Days weekend, offering an enhanced visitor experience at the Chedham’s Yard blacksmith heritage site. The brand new storytrail mobile website (discoverstories.org) blends historical and folklore stories, music and interactive artwork together to uncover the wonders of the site’s tools, machines and buildings.

Attendee’s said of the launch event:

‘Well done Kel. Well done the band. Well done Live & Local and well done to all the Chedham’s volunteers for being something special.’

‘Absolutely outstanding!’

‘Just a lovely imaginative interpretation.’

‘It was educational… I will go and visit.’

Following the success of the launch, Live & Local and Chedham’s Yard invite visitors to take advantage of the storytrail. Visit chedhamsyard.org.uk for site opening times.

A limited edition run of 500 CD’s has been produced for the pilot project, featuring all of the songs performed at the launch event and to be heard on the online storytrail. CD’s are £10 each and are available from Chedham’s Yard (raising money for the Yard) or from Live & Local on 01926 402 173 or by emailing admin@liveandlocal.org.uk (raising money to extend the project to other heritage sites).

About Live & Local

Live & Local is a not-for-profit arts organisation working across Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. We support a network of voluntary organisations that bring communities together to enjoy high quality, affordable and professional live performances and film screenings. Our work is made possible by investment from Arts Council England and local authorities in the areas where we work and it happens because of the dedication of volunteers.
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