Lottery grant success invites memories of Matlock and Rowsley heritage line – Tracking our Heritage
DWVRT has secured a Heritage Lottery Fund grant for a new project to piece together an oral history of the former mainline railway between Matlock, Darley Dale and Rowsley.
Launching “Tracking our Heritage” on Monday16th April 2018, President of Peak Rail, Pete Waterman, unveiled the full details of the project at a press briefing at Darley Dale station.
He commented, “It’s important we don’t lose our history. The spoken word is one of the best ways to record events. People’s memories are fantastic and you find out stuff they would have never written down.”
The Derwent & Wye Valley Railway Trust project has received £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and it will allow dedicated research to explore and record the oral histories of:
former employees of the railway
people who used the railway for all sorts of purposes
volunteers that have worked on Peak Rail since it was developed as a heritage line over 40 years ago
Financial support has also been given by the Peak Railway Association, Darley Dale Town Council, Matlock Town Council, private individuals and DWVRT itself.