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Launch of Fort Walney Uncovered

Date uploaded: August 20, 2014

Fort Walney Uncovered is the new art and archaeology programme developed by Art Gene, the independent (inter)national research facility founded by artists Stuart Bastik and Maddi Nicholson based in Barrow in Furness, Cumbria. The team of artists and archaeologists are offering a unique opportunity to rediscover the military heritage on the Northern end of Walney Island, Barrow in Furness and uncover the stories of Walney during the two World Wars.

The programme will be launched on Friday the 29th of August from 7.00pm by  the archaeologist Dr. George Nash who has advised, written and presented programmes for ITV and BBC including 'Marking Time’ (ITV [HTV]), 'Monsters We Met' (BBC 2), 'Talking Landscapes' (BBC 4), 'British isles: A Natural History' (BBC 1) and recently ‘Hidden Histories’ (BBC 2). 

Fort Walney Uncovered is a new collaborative programme of art, app and archaeology which is focused on the remains of a WW1-era practice trench and a gun range that was probably used in both wars, hidden among the dunes of the National Nature Reserve on North Walney.

The project team are inviting members of the public to come and work with the professional archaeologists as well as project artists; to enhance everyone’s understanding of locality and value the military heritage for which Barrow is internationally known.

For more information click here.

Place Makers: free volunteers training day

Place Makers - Art Gene's Volunteer Training programme, will be run on Saturday the 30th of August and will provide volunteers with a unique opportunity to participate in an archaeology workshop with Dr. George Nash.

Place Makers are people from towns and villages around the bay, from Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria to Cockerham in Lancashire. They are volunteers, helping out on Art Gene's art and heritage projects, exploring the social, natural and built environment.

The Place Makers Day includes:

  • Introduction to Research Skills
  • Introduction to Interview Skills
  • Introduction to Interpretation Skills
  • Introduction to the Fort Walney Uncovered art and archaeology project

The Place Maker Training Day will take place on Saturday the 30th of August from 10am to 4pm at Art Gene, Nan Tait Centre, Abbey Road, Barrow-in-Furness, LA14 1LG.

Lunch is included and refreshments will be served in the morning and afternoon. To book a free place email Art Gene at [email protected]

Aerial photo by La​wrence Hill

Aerial photo by La​wrence Hill