This project, being led by Friends of the Lake District, will focus on the common land of the Westmorland Dales and its commoners. It will record the unique history of this type of land and farming, and culminate in a celebration to celebrate the area’s common land and commoners.

The number of active commoners is declining, and many of them are elderly and have no successors. There is less manpower to effectively manage the commons in terms of gathering and grazing. Time may be running out for some commons and it is important to capture their history and cultural heritage whilst we can.

In light of the most recent advice concerning the coronavirus, Covid-19, and in common with many, many other activities, we will be postponing the implementation of the oral history recordings but please do contact us for information or to register your interest in this activity as we will be reviewing the scheduling of this project periodically as further advice is received.

We're looking for volunteers to help us to record oral histories of our commoners, conduct interviews and tell the story of the common land of the Westmorland Dales, its upland farming and its unique heritage.

More information about the 'Our Common Heritage' project is available here but if you are interested in becoming a volunteer then please do either email [email protected] uk or give us a call at our Tebay office on 01539 756620

This is just one of 21 projects being funded and run as part of the Westmorland Dales Scheme. More information is available at this link: Scheme Projects