Hear how things are progressing with Nature’s Cure as we welcome NHSN’s new Project Archivist, Kris McKie.
Since January 2023, we’ve been delighted to collect and preserve stories of your connections with nature through Nature’s Cure in Times of Need: New Voices for North East Nature, a three-year National Lottery Heritage Fund-supported social history project.
We are working with diverse communities across the North East to better understand how time spent in nature has helped in times of need. We will also be looking to explore the long-term legacy of reconnection with nature and wild places as well as looking back into the archives to discover 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. NHSN believes nature is for everybody, and it’s important that the North East Nature Archive represents the array of ways that different people across different communities engage with nature.
How Can You Get Involved with Nature’s Cure?
We want to hear and collect stories of your connections with nature. From time spent in the garden, walks to a local park, or trips to the beach we want to find out what nature means to you, the places that are important to you, or how nature has helped through times of difficulty. If you would like to share a story or a picture of the nature that matters to you then click here.
If permission is given, stories collected through the project will be preserved in NHSN’s North East Nature Archive, a rich and unique collection of papers, images and artwork that document the natural environment of the North East of England, and people’s connections to it, over the last 200 years. Your stories and pictures will help bring the archive up to date and help our and future generations understand how people today connected with nature
Get in Touch
Interested in taking part in this project? Kris would love to hear from you. Please enter your details below and he will be in touch.
Meet Our New Project Archivist
After collecting so many of your stories and launching a fantastic programme of community workshops, our Project Archivist, Kate Guariento left the project in August to take up an unmissable opportunity in their home town of Glasgow. Kate has handed over to our new Project Archivist, Kristopher McKie, who joined the NHSN team in September. Kris brings a wealth of experience in archives and community engagement and will continue working in partnership with communities across the North East to collect stories and find new ways of sharing the rich and valuable North East Nature Archive.