Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Museum curator brings folklore to a new generation


Well here's a story that's sure to warm your hearts. A new lottery-funded project in Cambridge is set to explore the writings of folklorist Enid Porter, curator of the Museum of Cambridge between 1947 and 1976.

Porter travelled the country recording cultural traditions, her notes being the focal point of the community project that will involve communities and schools in a celebration of her findings.

There will be a bigger celebration in July 2014 to present what the project has uncovered and findings will be made available online.

Cllr David Harty, the council’s cabinet member for learning, said: “The Enid Porter notebooks contain a unique collection of folklore of national significance, specifically collected in Cambridge and its surrounding towns and villages.

“They will form the basis of some really exciting research into how these traditions fit into our modern lives - transcending time and technology.

“The lottery money allows this project to take place and bring together schools, community groups and local historians together so we can learn how the past reflects in our modern world.”

Read more here.