Sheep tales live on

Shepherds with their dogs.
Shepherds with their dogs.

These pictures are just two from the Sheep Tales Project in north Northumberland, which collected more than 800 photographs and 50 hours of oral history, now lodged at Berwick Record Office.

A chance to see live demonstrations of traditional wool crafts and find out more about the shepherding communities that lived in the Cheviot Hills is on offer in Alnmouth on Saturday, November 23, at The Wool Craft Fair and Sheep Tales exhibition being held at the Hindmarsh Hall from 10am to 4pm.

Clipping sheep.

Clipping sheep.

“Although the project and funding have now officially ended, there is a move to try and build on the enthusiasm for shepherding history and wool crafts which the project created,” said Anna Turnbull, one of the event organisers.

Also at the special event later this month, a new Sheep Tales DVD, a slideshow of photos with a voiceover by Henry Curry, of Wooler, recalling how local shepherds and their families lived, worked and played on the hill farms, will be shown.

Costing £9.95, it is available from Brand’s, Wooler, or on 01668 281745.