Hidden stories bring the Bay alive

Wed, 2018-09-26 15:20
Morecambe Bay’s Hidden Heritage exhibition

An exhibition that showcases the stories, memories and archaeology of Morecambe Bay’s past, as uncovered by the Bay’s communities over the last 5 years, has been launched at the Dock Museum, Barrow and will run from now until Sunday 4th Novmber..

Morecambe Bay is a place like no other. With stunning sands, vast skies, majestic views and wild places, a landscape that has captivated us all. Hidden within it are mysterious ruins jutting from shifting sands, ancient archaeology sites, historical puzzles and tantalizing tales.

Using exciting new digital technologies alongside traditional research techniques Morecambe Bay Partnership and the Bay’s communities have helped unearth some of the Bay’s lesser known maritime, industrial and archaeological stories. New facts have emerged, myths and legends explored, ancient sites revealed, and spellbinding memories collected.

This new exhibition, which opens at Barrow’s Dock Museum before travelling to Lancaster Maritime Museum later in the year, celebrates the unsung yet extraordinary lives of people from all corners of the Bay and presents some fascinating new discoveries about the Bay’s industrial and maritime past, the people who called it home and explores the wild, wonderful and yet warmly human nature of this unique and spectacular corner of Britain.

The exhibition is a result of several years of 5 years of research and projects undertaken by volunteers and project partners as part of the Partnership’s Headlands to Headspace Scheme, a major initiative motivated by a community desire to protect and celebrate Morecambe Bay’s rich heritage. Community oral history projects and maritime and archaeology surveys have captured local memories and stories, before they are lost for future generations.

Visitor to the exhibition will learn more about the Bay’s hidden heritage, including its industrial past – uncovering lesser known occupations such as salt making. They will hear the tales of a unique fishing heritage and how swimming has taken a special place in the community’s collective memory. They will see how ‘Digital Digging’ is revealing exciting new ways of recording and discovering archaeology on the Bay, including sites at Warton Crag, Gleaston Castle and Walney Island. And be invited to those special hidden spots that mean so much to the people that live here.

Visit the exhibition at the Dock Museum, Barrow, until Sunday 4th November. Open Wednesday - Sunday 11am - 4pm. Entry FREE.

Find out more about the exhibition here.

 

 

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