We are delighted to announce that we have received support from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a year-long project which will celebrate Dumfries’ stonecarving heritage! We’ll be formally announcing the project soon, but until then, here’s a quick summary of some of what the project will include:
The Dumfries Stonecarving project will highlight the rich heritage of architectural carved sandstone in Dumfries, engaging local communities in celebrating, researching, and reanimating its techniques and practices. A programme of activities and events will spark new interest in architectural stonecarving, introducing practical skills to volunteers through carving tuition, archival research, oral histories, guided walks, and photography workshops.
Community centres will host stonecarving courses and work with volunteers to gather family histories, archival materials and oral histories, tracing the practice from quarrying to carving. This project will commission a new architectural stonecarving for the town centre, and 50 small carvings produced by young people will be installed across Dumfries.
Through WikiMedia UK the project will host EditAThons, training volunteers to add information and images to Wikipedia which highlight specific sites and techniques. It will initiate a photographic survey of the town’s carvings and create an image archive, audio walking tour, and visitor guide.
In collaboration with the Stove and other local partners, this project will contribute to the revival of Dumfries’ historic centre by celebrating stonecarving as an important element of local heritage, presenting it as a continuing craft tradition which can be reestablished as part of a renewed focus on the High Street.