The Walking Youth Theatre are proud to be leading ‘The Glen of the Red River’ project, a part of the All Our Stories scheme, as funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) developed All Our Stories in support of the BBC’s The Great British Story – A People’s History, presented by Michael Wood, and broadcast on BBC Two.
Our ‘Glen of the Red River’ project will see the creation of an online visitors centre for Glendaruel. The project bares this name as “Gleann Dá Ruadhail” in Scottish Gaelic translates to “The Glen of the Red River”. The Glen is a beautiful, but somewhat forgotten, part of Argyll. The main road which was built in the 1970’s runs straight through Glendaruel, resulting in commuters “forgetting” to explore the area.
Despite being a small community, there are a number of businesses in the area, and 5 focal points that bring visitors to the Glen each year, including Dunans Castle & Grounds, ARC Summer School, and The Hogmanay Dance. Using a variety of online media outlets, including QR codes and audio-visual material, we aim to put Glendaruel back on the map, and increase visitor numbers, encouraging those who do visit to come and explore.
Input from both the community and school is imperative for the projects success. Our Walking Youth Theatre team have been working on a number of workshops with Kilmodan Primary School, our local primary school here in Glendaruel. The school only has just 21 pupils, both from Glendaruel and neighbouring community Colintraive. Workshops have included finding out what the children know about Glendaruel, what we can teach them, and creative workshops focusing on creating visuals for the pending website which relate to Glendaruel and the timeline the pupils have created. The pupils will be collecting and collating all the information to make up the websites content
Further plans include an interpretive performance with the school pupils, physical artistic projects to be displayed in our local area, and getting the children to collect stories through interviewing locals and creating written works, podcasts, and video material to share on the website. The pupils began interviewing members of the local community before breaking up for Summer, which was great fun for both interviewers and interviewees!
Glendaruel has a vast history, which includes Highland Clearances, Gaelic language and tradition, whisky stills, and a wonderfully rich Clan History. Within Glendaruel, there are also three A listed structures: The Kilmodan Stones (14th & 15th Centuary); Dunans Bridge (Built by Thomas Telford in 1815 to commemorate Waterloo); and The Campbell Sundial.
In conclusion, the “Glen of the Red River” Project is to encourage both inhabitants and visitors of Glendaruel alike to learn about the area, and to explore what this beautiful Glen has to offer.
The Glen of the Red River website is set to be launched during Summer 2013 – look out for updates on the TWTC website!
To find out more about the Heritage Lottery Fund and the All Our Stories scheme, please click here.