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Heritage - Trading Places

The ‘Trading Places’ Heritage Project

The ‘Trading Places’ heritage project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, ran for four years between October 2013 and November 2017. The project worked with the villages and towns from Wellingborough to Thrapston, providing a unique programme of activities and events in the Nene Valley.

‘Trading Places’ focussed on the local trades, skills and lives of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and involved re-enactors, storytellers, crime historians and traditional crafts people to help local communities and schools to connect with, enjoy and understand the history of their local area.

Traditional Crafts Courses

An important element of the project’s work was to set up a traditional skills training programme for young unemployed people from the area; giving them opportunities and experiences to build upon. An oak ‘Training Barn’ was constructed at Stanwick Lakes in early 2014 and is now the venue for a range of public traditional skills courses. Please visit the Trading Places Crafts website for details of the courses we offer to the public. Blacksmithing, Shoe Making, Green Woodworking, Basketry and Dry Stone Walling are just a few of the courses on offer.

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