Combine – Farming Heritage | East Midlands

The East Midlands has a proud and distinct farming history. Combine is an exciting creative heritage project that aims to capture and promote the people, places and traditions that define the region’s rich agricultural past.

Combine focused on six historic farms – one in each of the region’s six counties: Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire,¬†Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire and Rutland. It brought together a unique mix of people to research, record and share these unique histories with local communities and the wider public. Derbyshire based Junction Arts developed and led a strong partnership team to deliver this regionally significant heritage project.

Participants and partners include:

  • 6 museums and 6 historic archives from across the East Midlands region
  • 6 historic farms and farmers (one in each county)
  • 6 core groups of supported young people
  • 6 small groups of local people

Activities and outputs included:

  • Research workshop sessions in each county
  • A touring exhibition programme visiting both local and high profile venues across the region
  • Project website and online dissemination – media archive and online resource
  • Visitor/education resource pack (a farm history box for each farm/ community)
  • Series of project publications

The project will take place over a two year period, beginning in early 2012 with the research phase. Now the research has been completed the exhibition is currently touring the region. It started at the Rutland County Museum and has been very well received by the general public. Please view the events page to see where the exhibition will tour to next.

The project has been kindly supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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