Dialect and Heritage Project, University of Leeds
Based with project partner museums: Dales Countryside Museum, Ryedale Folk Museum, Weald & Downland Living Museum, Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings and the Museum of East Anglian Life.
The Dialect and Heritage Project is opening up the extensive Leeds Archive of Vernacular Culture (LAVC) to the public. The archive includes the ground-breaking work of the Survey of English Dialects. The survey will now be updated and made available online for the first time, with the help of volunteers recruited and trained as oral history and dialect fieldworkers and transcribers.
The University of Leeds’ School of English and Library’s Special Collections are delivering the Dialect and Heritage Project in partnership with five museums – Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings in Worcestershire, Dales Countryside Museum and Ryedale Folk Museum in North Yorkshire, Suffolk’s Museum of East Anglian Life, and Weald and Downland Living Museum in West Sussex.
The project is being funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund along with the University of Leeds’ Footsteps Fund and other alumni donations, with partner museums also contributing to the project funding.
The Dialect and Heritage Project Partnership is currently seeking five Engagement Officers to work with us and our partner museums – Dales Countryside Museum, Ryedale Folk Museum, Weald & Downland Living Museum, Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings and the Museum of East Anglian Life – to engage new audiences with the Dialect and Heritage Project.