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Aug 2, 2016

Solway Coastwise


The Solway Coastwise Assistant, Morag Walker, has started in the post today.  She will be jointed later in the month by the Project Co-ordinator. Solway Coastwise is a project which will encourage the discovery of traditional place-names, providing an insight into history/identity, and encouraging people to share the inspiring Dumfries and Galloway coastline through activities, events, electronic and printed media.

 

About the Solway Coastwise Project

 The physical heritage of the Solway coast provides the foundations for today’s seascape. However, it is the local people who, given the opportunity to communicate their passion, will bring the cultural heritage of this fantastic landscape alive.

 

The Solway Coastwise Project, run by Solway Firth Partnership, will enable and support local people to become ambassadors and promote our coast as an asset to the region.

 

The three year project, which officially started on 1 August, will encourage the discovery of traditional place-names, providing an insight into history/identity, and encouraging people to share the inspiring Dumfries and Galloway coastline with others through activities, events, electronic and printed media.

 

The Dumfries and Galloway shoreline has an extraordinary range of named features to be researched and recorded. For example, place names not shown on today’s maps include those in the oral tradition like Butcher’s Cave which geology has streaked blood red and Johnny Logie’s which celebrates one of Scotland’s last cave dwellers in the 1960s. More recent place-names include Plastic Beach (Barlocco Bay) which is named after the enormous amount of debris washed up on the shore.

 

The newly appointed Coordinator and Assistant will help individuals, communities and businesses to use place-names from written and oral traditions to discover the diversity of cultural heritage along our region’s coastlines. 

 

This innovative project will create opportunities for all sectors of society to become involved with learning provided through oral heritage and coastal ambassador workshops, talks and visits.

 

Funding for this project is provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Scottish Government and the European Union – LEADER 2014-2020 programme and Dumfries & Galloway Council.

 

For more information about the project contact Solway Firth Partnership at solwaycoastwise@solwayfirthpartnership.co.uk

 

Solway Firth Partnership