Launching Nature’s Cure: New Voices for North East Nature

It’s been a busy week at NHSN as we launch a new project, Nature’s Cure and welcome a new Project Archivist, Kate. Find out more about the project and discover how you can get involved.

NHSN is launching a new three-year National Lottery Heritage Fund supported social history project, Nature’s Cure in Times of Need: New Voices for North East Nature. We will collect and share stories from new voices about how their time spent in nature helped them in times of need. We will also explore the long-term legacy of their reconnection with nature and wild places.

How Can You Get Involved with Nature’s Cure?

We will be collecting memories from people across the North East about how nature helped them cope with crisis, such as the pandemic.  We also want to identify how enjoying nature helped people in other periods in the North East’s history, such as periods of industrial action, economic recessions, war and conflict.  

We’d love to hear your ideas and thoughts about the possibilities. Please use the form below to get in touch.

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Meet Our New Project Archivist

This project is all about collecting stories about how people’s relationship with nature in times of crisis. To lead on its delivery, Project Archivist, Kate, has joined the NHSN team. Kate will be working in partnership with communities across the North East to find interesting new ways of activating the North East Nature Archive. They will be reaching out to people whose stories aren’t currently well-represented in the North East Nature Archive.

Using a wealth of experience, Kate will be learning about people’s relationship to nature in challenging times. NHSN believes nature is for everybody, and it’s important that the archive represents the array of ways that people engage with nature in the North East.

I’m really excited to have started as the new Project Archivist on Nature’s Cure in Time of Need: New Voices for North East Nature.

One of my first archive roles was as a volunteer at the Lesbian Archives at the Glasgow Women’s Library. Here, I was introduced to the amazing ways in which records can be used by marginalised communities to tell stories that haven’t traditionally been represented in mainstream archives. Since then, I’ve completed my Master’s in archival studies and worked in a variety of archives . Most recently, I worked at the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Archives and I’ve only become more enthusiastic about the importance of community engagement. That’s why the Nature’s Cure in Time of Need project is so exciting to me.

I’m not entirely new to the North East. I’ve come down to Newcastle from Glasgow, where I’m from, but I have family in the North East and I’ve spent a lot of time enjoying the nature in this beautiful region. When I’m not in the archive I enjoy wild swimming, which I picked up while living in Copenhagen for a few years. I am on the look out for lovely saunas in Newcastle – any recommendations are happily received!  

Kate Guariento, Project Archivist

It’s exceptionally exciting to be starting this new project and to welcome Kate to the team. In 2020 you shared your stories of how you benefitted from nature during the pandemic, which became Notes from Lockdown Naturalists. I’m looking forward building on this project and to hearing more stories of how nature has helped you in times of need.

Clare Freeman, NHSN Director