Open Country

BBC Radio 4 is doing an episode of Open Country on the heritage project, and I was out with presenter Helen Mark and producer Nicola Humphries in the Peak District National Park on a cross country drive, stopping off at different locations to meet people and talk about the project.

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Upper Derwent valley reservoir

Our first stop was at Cave Dale in Castleton where we did an overview of the project, my work as a ranger, and ethnic minority use of National Parks for recreation. From there, we travelled to Warslow, in the South West part of the National Park to meet Dr.Brenda King and volunteer ranger/Warslow resident Maggi Rowland at her church St.Lawtence’s. We were shown some lovely pieces of work made of Indian silk, developed by Sir Thomas Wardle and embroidered by the society that was established by his wife, Dame Elizabeth Wardle. After a lovely lunch at Yorkshire Bridge Inn, Bamford, we drove up the reservoirs in the Upper Derwent valley where we spoke to Pallavi Singh and Uday Nair from the Management School of the University of Sheffield and keen participants in the Hindu Samaj heritage project. Our final stop was at Millthorpe, to meet Sally Goldsmith and Rony Robinson and their dog Jack, discussing Edward Carpenter! After a long day, and good weather, we all split up, leaving Nicola with the work of editing and putting the programme together. The Hindu Samaj heritage project episode will be broadcast in April this year, don’t forget to tune in!

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Ecclesiastical silks (St.Lawrence’s at Warslow) – made from Indian silk by Sir Thomas Wardle and Elizabeth Wardle

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Natural dye material from India, used to dye silk

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Myself and Helen Mark, presenter of Open Country

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Ecclesiastical silks (St.Lawrence’s at Warslow) – made from Indian silk by Sir Thomas Wardle and Elizabeth Wardle

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Ecclesiastical silks (St.Lawrence’s at Warslow) – made from Indian silk by Sir Thomas Wardle and Elizabeth Wardle

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Ecclesiastical silks (St.Lawrence’s at Warslow) – made from Indian silk by Sir Thomas Wardle and Elizabeth Wardle

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Ecclesiastical silks (St.Lawrence’s at Warslow) – made from Indian silk by Sir Thomas Wardle and Elizabeth Wardle

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Ecclesiastical silks (St.Lawrence’s at Warslow) – made from Indian silk by Sir Thomas Wardle and Elizabeth Wardle

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Organ at St.Lawrence’s at Warslow

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Mosaics at St.Lawrence’s at Warslow

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Tripartite panel at St.Lawrence’s at Warslow

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Tripartite panel at St.Lawrence’s at Warslow

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Tripartite panel at St.Lawrence’s at Warslow

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Dr.Brenda King, the silk expert

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St.Lawrence’s at Warslow

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Upper Derwent Valley Reservoir

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Upper Derwent Valley Reservoir

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Upper Derwent Valley Reservoir

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Upper Derwent Valley Reservoir

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Upper Derwent Valley Reservoir

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Upper Derwent Valley Reservoir

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Interviewing Uday Nair at Upper Derwent valley

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The dam overflows in the Upper Derwent Valley Reservoir

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Helen Mark, myself, Uday Nair, Pallavi Singh and Nicola Humphries

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At Millthorpe – brook and Carpenter House

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Myself, Helen Mark, Sally Goldsmith and Rony Robinson

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Sally Goldsmith, Rony Robinson and Jack

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The moon coming up

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sunset

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Doing a short walk..

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Washing our boots after a muddy walk

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the brook was swollen

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It was a cold day and the chimneys were working full time

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Christmas tree with moon on the top!

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Dr.Brenda King’s article in an arts and crafts magazine

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Front Cover of MARG – arts and crafts magazine

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Chamu Kuppuswamy

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