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What the Sea Saw Audio Trail launch as part of Scarborough Streets Festival

Next: Saturday, 1 June 2024

Runs until Monday, 30 December 2024 (See all dates)

Time
09:00 - 23:55
Price
Free

Free What the Sea Saw Audio Trail launches on May 2nd dramatising memories of Scarborough’s fishing community from the 1890s to the present day.

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Digital Drama has been awarded a grant by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to celebrate the heritage of fishing along the East Yorkshire coast, particularly in communities in Scarborough and Staithes, and capture the memories of the fishing community from the 1950s to the present day. The What the Sea Saw Audio Trail will be launched on Thursday 2nd of May as part of the Scarborough Streets Festival. It dramatises the oral history memories of Scarborough’s fishing community from the 1890s to the present day, taking listeners around the iconic “Bottom End” to evoke the town’s historic relationship with the sea. The Audio Trail leaflet featuring a map of the route and QR codes to download the audio will be available from Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre and other key locations in the town or can be downloaded here: www.digitaldrama.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/What-the-Sea-Saw-Audio-Trail-Map-for-Scarborough.pdf
The audio can also be listened to at home by going to www.digitaldrama.org/what-the-sea-saw-audio-trail/.

What the Sea Saw celebrates the heritage of fishing along the East Yorkshire coast, particularly in communities in Scarborough and Staithes, and captures the memories of the fishing community from the 1950s to the present day. The project, in partnership with Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre and Staithes Museum, will reflect this fishing heritage in a series of events in Scarborough and Staithes, including an audio trail inspired by oral histories, an archive film, workshops in schools, and a final performance event combining stories and sea shanties sung by local choirs, accompanied by fish and chips for the audience and participants.

The project is being produced by Digital Drama and is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, with thanks to National Lottery players. Lindy Rowley, Director, Trustee and Vice-Chair of project partner Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre says, “Scarborough’s maritime heritage is crucial to the origins and roots of our town. Scarborough was once the 5th largest herring port and the 7th largest shipbuilding port in the country. It was the first seaside resort and had one of the first lifeboats. The maritime heritage plays a crucial role in informing the public and educating local children about the past.”

Writer Helena Fox reflects that “it’s been a privilege to have this wonderful opportunity to explore the oral histories at Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre, some of which are recordings of people I had had the pleasure to spend time with and I hope this audio drama, interweaving real life memories, goes someway to bring these testimonies of a resilient, hardworking and close-knit fishing community to life.”

Director Kate Valentine of Digital Drama adds: “We are thrilled to have received this support thanks to National Lottery players and are confident the project will enable people to share the rich heritage of the fishing community in Scarborough through listening to the audio trail”.

Digital Drama (www.digitaldrama.org) is an award-winning production company highly experienced in running multifaceted complex heritage projects with a variety of project partners to deliver successful heritage outcomes for participants, Lottery players, and project partners. Examples of these projects can be seen on the website www.digitaldrama.org/projects/

The National Lottery Heritage Fund uses money raised by the National Lottery to inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future www.heritagefund.org.uk
Since The National Lottery began in 1994, National Lottery players have raised over £43 billion for projects and more than 635,000 grants have been awarded across the UK.
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