Is there a more familiar or comforting feature in the North Northumberland landscape than sheep grazing on hillside pastures? It inspires and arrests the soul. Sheep and shepherds give a sense of place to the region. As beautiful as the grazing image is, the importance of sheep is not only aesthetic but also integral to the environment as well as to our social and economic heritage. They have shaped the culture of the region.
Sheep Tales & Spinning Yarns is a project that aims to pay tribute to this importance through preservation, education, celebration, and economic regeneration. Inviting people to look back in order to look forward.
The initial and very successful Heritage Lottery funded project was completed in December 2012.
We would like to thank Heritage Lottery, Think Make Grow Ltd, The North Northumberland Mission Partnership, Berwick Record Office and all our volunteers for all their achievements.
We collected over 1100 photographs, newspaper cuttings and documents and made 43 oral history recordings now archived in Berwick Record Office.
We held many events, involved local schools, created oral and visual records and shared these with the local and wider community.
With thanks to support from The National Park we will continue to explore and celebrate, making people aware of the importance of sheep, the shepherding heritage of the locality and its associated industries in the past, now and into the future in the north Northumberland area. We now have a number of future events organised.