Landscapes for Life
Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) are some of the UK’s most cherished and outstanding landscapes.
When people were isolated during the pandemic, and missing the familiar things in their neighbourhood, we started the #15 Minute Heritage project to connect communities in Monmouth with the hidden history in their area. We talked to people about their favourite places and collected their stories of Monmouth’s past. Some were recorded on Zoom during lockdowns, others filmed socially distanced when freedoms returned.
Weaving together their words, with archive images from the collections of Monmouth Museum, the result is a series of short films and podcasts which tell a personal history of Monmouth. The past shapes our present. And in the fullness of time these photographs, films and podcasts, cared for by MonLife Museums Service, will become the archive images of the future.
#15 minute heritage Monmouth is a Wye Valley AONB project in partnership with Monmouth Rotary Club and Cycling Without Age, Monmouth Museum / MonLife Heritage. It was funded by the Heritage Fund / National Heritage Memorial Fund and Cadw. We would like to thank all those people whose enthusiasm made this project happen during difficult times. Also thanks to Anne Rainsbury and the Museums Service for the use of archive images from their collections.
Click below to watch the films and listen to the podcasts. Download the #15 minute heritage Monmouth trail leaflet English here or the Welsh version #15 minute heritage Monmouth trail leaflet Welsh here.
Hayden explores Monmouth’s links to naval history and Admiral Nelson at The Naval Temple.
Penny ponders Dixton’s history and why people love to sit and contemplate in the churchyard.
Bread and milk delivered by boat and chickens living in the attic are Nesta’s memories of the 1947 floods.