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10th October 2013

BRIDPORT: Memory walk will rediscover forgotten West Bay heritage

A ‘memory walk’ around West Bay hopes to rediscover some of the heritage of Bridport’s harbour.

Led by museum volunteer, Chris Prideaux, the walk is part of a longer term project ‘Entwining Lines’ which aims to reconnect West Bay with Canada’s Newfoundland.

A Bridport Museum spokesperson said: “Newfoundland has many historical links with the area through the fishing trade and migration of Dorset people in the 19th century.  

“Local families from Bridport and the surrounding villages emigrated to Newfoundland during the 17th and 18th centuries.

“Traces of the Dorset accent still exist in certain areas of Newfoundland.”

The walk aims to start people thinking about social history and memories, with Mr Prideaux leading a walk for about an hour, explaining how the harbour was formed, looking at some buildings and anecdotes from its past. 

After the walk the group will return to the Salt House and map memories and histories with Rob Colbourne, a professional artist.

The work will be collated and turned into artwork for postcards which will be sent to Newfoundland, and will form the basis of an exhibition next year. 

The walk and workshop will begin at 10am, meeting at the Haddon House hotel car park, West Bay. The walk will be non-strenuous but sensible shoes are recommended. 

The walk will last for about one hour, followed by coffee and the workshop in the Salt House. Places are free of charge.

For more information or to book a place, email Emily curator@bridportmuseum.co.uk or phone 01308 458703. 

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