1. Connecting Communities through Action (CCA)

CCA06 Tales from the River Bank

Capturing memories of life in the Trent Valley.

Project Summary

This oral history project aims to reignite people’s enthusiasm for, and connection with rivers. Working with specialists in oral history and storytelling along with local young people, we are gathering people’s recollections and thoughts about the past, present and future.

This is an inter-generational project, where the older generation is encouraged to share their stories of how they used the rivers in the past or share stories handed down through their predecessors. We are working with local schools and youth groups to help the next generation start their journey and forge connections and associations with the river which we hope will last a lifetime through training in interview skills and use of media and editing equipment.

  • There will be a lasting legacy through the collection of memories which will be shared on the internet through partners’ websites/YouTube etc.
  • The use of the information through various forms of interpretation within the project area will also ensure that the memories are used in other media.

Remembering My Childhood Memories
Tales from the Riverbank (CCA06)

Do you or have you lived within the Transforming the Trent Valley Scheme area? Perhaps you spent your childhood living in Rugeley, Alrewas, Fradley, Barton-under-Needwood, Hopwas, Burton-upon-Trent, Uttoxeter or Rocester?

What games did you play? Where did you explore?

We would love to hear and share your stories as part of our Tales from the Riverbank project.

Share My Story

There are many more ways to take part in this project. Find out more here.

Project Lead

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust (Scheme Lead Partner)
Support Staffordshire

Nicola Lynes
Community Engagement Officer
Transforming the Trent Valley / Support Staffordshire

Transforming the Trent Valley


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Postcards from the Riverbank

Hello everyone!

To connect our communities during this strange socially distanced time, the Tales from the Riverbank project wants to bring everyone together to share their childhood stories of play and fun along the riverbank.

This week we are launching a new creative activity where children and their wider family can come together to write postcards to us. We want to hear from you about the games you have played, the wildlife you have seen, and the places you have explored in our many rivers throughout the decades. The postcard is easy to download (many times if you wish!) and comes with some simple instructions and ideas on how to get started.

Download and Print (A4)

What funny, interesting, or unusual memories can you share?
How many of you played in rivers and never went home with a soggy bottom, unlike myself? How many of you played poo sticks, set sail to distant climes, or found treasures in the water? Have you been fishing and caught a whopper? How different are your memories from that of your parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles?

Under lockdown restrictions you might be finding home learning trying at the moment, miss reminiscing with others about your shared past, or find yourself unable to go outside into nature as you once could. I'm particularly missing talking face to face with people and traveling out to the Peak District for long walks with the dogs.

But writing a postcard could be just the tonic and a new project to keep you going.

Take a break from formal learning by releasing your imagination into little stories and arty pictures. Revisit and reconnect with nature through your favourite memories. Reach out to others in your community by telling us all about the social history of the rivers in your area.

Already we have received tales about motorbike mishaps, horseshoes being found in streams, and canoeing under bridges. Can you top that?

What are your stories?
Find the download link below and start sharing your Tales from the Riverbank.

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Tales of the Riverbank.

We want to collect memories and stories of the River Trent and River Dove, the landscape and its people, but we need your help.

We want to hear your stories, experiences and reminiscences! This is your chance to have a go at some creative writing, and let us know about your lived experiences of the landscape. This could take any form - poetry, a short story, an interview, written or filmed pieces, spoken word, pictures, "stream of consciousness", haikus, photos... the more creative the better!

Tales from the River Bank Projects

Future Projects

Details of future projects to be delivered by Transforming the Trent Valley and its partners as part of the Tales from the River Bank project will be posted here soon.

Completed Projects