Things get woolly in Wooler

A previous sheep tales event in wooler
A previous sheep tales event in wooler

North Northumbrian shepherds’ memories will be recounted at an event being held as part of an upcoming event offering the chance to get crafty.

Wool in Wooler is a free craft event being held by the Sheep Tales Project at the town’s Glendale Hall on Sunday, July 19, from 10am until 4.30pm.

The event is part of the Glendale Festival.

Sheep Tales began in 2011 as a Heritage Lottery Fund-subsidised project to create a permanent archive of shepherding memories from North Northumberland for future generations.

The project has compiled a wonderful collection of photographs and audio clips that show just how much shepherding and the lives of people living in rural communities in North Northumberland have changed over the years.

This fascinating archive is now held at Berwick’s record office.

As well as archiving artefacts of the past, the project is also interested in the future of wool-related crafts in theregion.

Anna Turnbull, one of the project’s co-ordinators, said: “There is a strong and rich heritage of traditional crafts in Northumberland.

“There is also a thriving community of talented local makers and producers in the region who are building on this heritage to create contemporary arts and crafts.

“Sheep Tales aims to promote these local wool-related crafts and products to a wider audience through providing events, demonstrations and workshops.”

There will be lots to see, do and buy. There are local wool suppliers, artists and makers, craft demonstrations, an exhibition about the history of shepherding and the opportunity to meet some animals with lovely woolly coats.