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Cornish Audio Trail

Digital Voice engaged with members of the Spennymoor community to help them to reminisce about areas of the town that Cornish painted.

Who is Taking Part

Digital Voice worked with the Cornish family and people of the Spennymoor area who remembered the artist Norman Cornish and are familiar with the scenes of everyday Spennymoor life that he painted so evocatively.

Purpose

This year sees the centenary of the celebrated artist’s birth and it is being marked with, among other activities, the Norman Cornish Trail of artworks that picture places in Spennymoor where he lived. Norman Cornish is undoubtedly the most well-known mining artist and one of the most sought-after British artists of the 20th century. For more than 50 years, his images of the miner's working life and his observation of social activities have intrigued an appreciative audience. Spennymoor Town Council and the Cornish family wanted to involve the community in the trail, so they asked Digital Voice to record memories of locations used on the trail.

The recordings are available on the trail app as an item of interest for participants new to the area and to make it more accessible for those who may have a visual impairment. The trail was opened on 5 April 2019.

What Happened

We engaged with members of the Spennymoor community to help them to reminisce about areas of the town that Cornish painted, such as Berriman’s chip van and Rosa Street School. Our award-winning team of media professionals created a beautiful audio recording of those memories, which bring each place to life.

Participants really enjoyed sharing those memories; some funny, some emotional.

Results

The trail can be found on the website www.normancornish.com.

Read more about the launch event here.

Funder

Spennymoor Town Council funded this project.

Who Else Would Benefit From This Sort of Project

Digital Voice offers our GeoStories service to help adult learners use digital media to remember and record their past. It is a fantastic way to collect local history.

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