All Our Stories, a small grant programme, launched in 2012 in support of BBC Two’s The Great British Story has been designed to provide opportunities for everyone to get involved in their heritage. With Heritage Lottery funding and support, community groups will carry out activities that help people explore, share and celebrate their local heritage.
The popular series presented by Michael Wood and supported by a programme of BBC Learning activities and events got thousands of us asking questions about our history and inspired us to look at our history in a different way through the eyes of ordinary people.
The programme and Heritage Lottery Fund All Our Stories has proved a real hit and now K2TOG is one of hundreds of successful projects around the UK to receive a grant.
Through K2TOG, and in partnership with Heart of Hawick, Stellar Quines will host a series of knitting circles/local history sessions at Hawick where women (and men!) of all ages can knit, learn to knit, share their stories and memories of knitting, discover more about the history of the Border’s textiles industries and knit some more. These events are complemented by this website through which anyone, anywhere can share their knitting stories and memories and learn more about the project.
Playwright Sylvia Dow will join in all of these events and also research the history and folklore of knitting and textiles in the Borders, the rest of Scotland and beyond. Out of all of this Sylvia will weave together a new play celebrating women, knitting and Scotland’s social history. Sylvia’s play will be given a rehearsed reading at Heart of Hawick’s Tower Mill in October 2013.
K2TOG will work with the Scottish Borders Archive held at Heart of Hawick’s Heritage Hub. This archive represents 750 years worth of Scottish history including materials relating to knitting and textiles in the Borders. Through our events and knitting circles anyone will have the opportunity to learn about the archive, their local history and how to explore further. And learn how knit! The stories and memories shared on this online space will also form an archive in their own right and will be accessible to anyone as a place to learn more and participate.
TV presenter and historian Michael Wood said:
“We British love our history, and no wonder: few nations in the world, if any, have such riches on their doorstep, and so much of it accessible to all of us. It is really tremendous that the people of Hawick have been inspired to get involved to tell their own story and to dig deeper into their own past. It’s brilliant that so many people are being given the chance to get involved through the All Our Stories grants. Having travelled the length and breadth of the British Isles this last year filming The Great British Story I am certain that fascinating and moving stories will be uncovered which will not only bring to life the excitement of local history, but will illuminate and enrich every community’s connection with the national narrative.”
Commenting on the award Lesley Anne Rose, Creative Producer at Stellar Quines said:
“as a charity that champions womens’ voices we are delighted to have this opportunity to work in the Scottish Borders with Heart of Hawick to unearth and celebrate the female stories and histories intertwined with knitting and this region’s rich textile history. Stellar Quines invites everyone to join in, share their stories, memories and knitting patterns and be part of their local history and heritage.”
Colin McLean, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund Scotland, said:
“Clearly the success of All Our Stories has reinforced the fact that we are indeed a nation of story tellers and that we want to explore and dig deeper into our past and discover more about what really matters to us. This is exactly what the grant will do for Stellar Quines and Knit Two Together, as they embark on a real journey of discovery.”