About the project...

The Enid Porter’s Folk Project researched and revived some of the best traditions of Cambridgeshire.

The project made use of the author’s collection of writings, owned by the Museum of Cambridge, as the inspiration and starting point to investigate some of Cambridgeshire’s historic past.

Bringing folk traditions back to the villages

The project was born from a recognition of the value of Miss Porter’s writings. Funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund enabled the project to raise public awareness of Miss Porter’s writings and their heritage value by:

  • bringing the traditions back to some of the villages they are rooted in
  • creating a permanent, easily-accessible, digital resource of the collection of folk-lore relating to the most culturally rich villages
  • delivering a programme of targeted activities and events working with specific groups in five locations which feature prominently in Miss Porter’s writings.

Folk artists worked with school children

In particular, folk artists worked with school children in Wisbech, Swaffham Prior, Littleport, Whittlesford and Haddenham to revive and reenact the stories, poems, dance and song that school children a century before them would have enjoyed.  Performances took place in their localities and also at an end-of-project celebration in July 2014.

A film-maker / photographer captured the children’s workshops and performances and are available to view on this website – to ensure the legacy of Enid Porter continues to live on.

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