Project news for May & June 

Outside Lives’ project co-ordinator, Stacey Ackers, has been busy over the last couple of months, bringing our exciting ongoing project “The History of Here” to fruition, after 6-months of preparation and development. Stacey's pieced together historical facts and archaeology, discovered local legends with the help of volunteers, and delved into stories about places we know and love, relating specifically to the areas of Cadole, Gwernymynydd and Maes Hafod.

-  Earlier this month, Stacey met with over 60 children from the primary schools in these local villages, to introduce the project and her exciting findings, with a view to inspiring the children to learn more about the areas they live in and to also help to further develop the project materials for a school age audience, in line with the focus on ‘Cynefin’ (the local area) that is a key area of their curriculum

-  We now hope that some of the local school children may be able to take these learnings and help us to uncover more stories about their home villages, perhaps through conversations and interviews with their relatives and neighbours in the area, through a school project strand entitled “Story Seekers”

-  Eventually, all the stories and findings made as part of the History of Here will be developed into a printed booklet and website with an audio walking tour also envisaged to be a lasting outcome of this magical project

In addition to this project, Stacey is also leading another wonderful schools project linked to the work of Anne Scott, author of “Sizzling Bacon” and Friend of Outside Lives, which looks to explain dementia to older primary school children, in an accessible and simple way, helping to develop an understanding of this important topic in sensitive and harmless way.


If you'd like to be involved in any of these projects, no matter how small you think your contribution may be, please get in touch, we would love to hear from you!

-- Blog post Author: Penny Lynch --