Fell Foot's Oral History Project

Visitors at Fell Foot Park in 1980

Since starting Fell Foot’s Oral History Project in October 2018, we’ve had photos and anecdotes sent in from locals and visitors about memories of their time spent here; from playing in the ruins of the demolished house and abandoned parkland in the 1940s to camping and caravanning in the 60s and 70s.

It’s helped to build a vibrant picture of what the park was like and how it’s changed over the years. We want to find out more and retell some of the stories to today’s visitors through guided tours, interpretation panels and events. Our aim is to eventually build up an archive of recorded interviews to store in the British Library’s Sound Archive.

The last remaining chalets in 1994
The last remaining chalets in 1994
The last remaining chalets in 1994

That’s where you come in – have you got memories of the park, and in particular, from the time after it was gifted to the National Trust in 1948? We’ve had interviewees from as far away as the Outer Hebrides and New Zealand and some a lot closer to home, including staff who now work here because of childhoods spent in the park.

" Fell Foot has always been a great place to visit and loved by local people and thanks to support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, we’ll now be able to create an archive of experiences that are so far unrecorded. It’s brilliant to be able to learn, share and record the stories which lie within the history of the park. "
- Kelley Sproston-Heath, Volunteering and Community Involvement Manager
General view of the chalets, 1984
General view of the chalets, 1984
General view of the chalets, 1984

The Oral History Project began in October 2018 and will end in October 2020, culminating in an exhibition. If you have any stories you would like to share please get in touch with us by emailing kelley.sprostonheath@nationaltrust.org.uk or by calling 015395 31273.