Back to the Quarry
Back to the Quarry is an exciting new project exploring the musical history of the Kimber family from Headington Quarry, Oxfordshire - from the great concertina player William Kimber, who has inspired generations of musicians and dancers, to his granddaughter Julie Kimber-Nickelson and her family who still live in the village today. The Kimber family have had a significant impact on the folk and Morris traditions of Oxfordshire, and are still making a contribution to the living and evolving musical traditions of the area.
The BTTQ project aims to share Kimber's story with the local community - and wider afield - by creating an interactive website which gives visitors the chance to explore different parts of the story. We'll also be doing workshops with two local primary schools, where the children will get the chance to explore the heritage materials and find their own way of telling Kimber's story.
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It's been a hectic day at BTTQ headquarters this morning, with an article on the project appearing in the Oxford Mail, and the first day of our school workshops at Windmill School!
It's particularly exciting to be doing Morris at Windmill, as Kimber and his son used to go and teach the children there when it was a secondary school. The kids all loved the dancing, and it was a real privilege to feel like we were passing on Headington dances to the next generation of Headington residents.
We are releasing a limited number of public tickets for the BTTQ Launch event on 25th April, so if you want to find out what the project is all about and how you can contribute click here to reserve your free ticket.
The event is being held at The Story Museum, on Pembroke Street, Oxford, at 3.30pm on Friday 25th April. Tickets are free but you must reserve yours in advance if you want to attend.