Pupils work off the land

Working Party: Pupils and staff from Highfields School in Matlock helped to plant trees at Manor Farm, Dethick as part of the Junction Arts project celebrating Derbyshire's farming heritage.
Working Party: Pupils and staff from Highfields School in Matlock helped to plant trees at Manor Farm, Dethick as part of the Junction Arts project celebrating Derbyshire's farming heritage.
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Pupils have been out in the field – literally – as part of a project to look at farming heritage in Derbyshire.

Named ‘Combine’, the two year project is being funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and delivered by Derbyshire-based Junction Arts and involves youngsters from Highfields School in Matlock.

The group is being tasked to look at the history of farming for an eventual exhibition.

Spokesperson for Junction Arts , Jane Wells said: “They have been researching the farming heritage of Derbyshire by visiting the historic Manor Farm in Dethick.

“In addition they will work with archivists at the record office in Matlock and visit the Old House Museum in Bakewell and Bakewell Cattle Market.

“All their research will then be used as part of a regionally-significant exhibition that will tour venues around the East Midlands.”

Jane is now asking people to come forward and contribute their memories relating to farming or rural life. Those with a story to tell can email combine@junctionarts.org or phone 01623 746222.