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22 October - 13 November
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Local Voices, Celebrated Nationally

The Dialect and Heritage Project

My local area theme

What’s on offer?

A 30-40 minute online talk will be given by Dr Fiona Douglas and Dr Rosemary Hall, University of Leeds School of English. Afterwards, there will be 20 minutes for you to ask your questions on the topic to Fiona and Rosie in a Q&A session

What’s it about?

Dialect and heritage matter – they connect us to the past, the present, and to specific people and places. Dialects are living heritage that we carry within us, giving us a sense of who we are, where we come from, and where we belong.

Dialects are about people, and the Dialect and Heritage Project puts collaboration and communities at the heart of its research and public engagement activities. Working with our five partner museums, we involve the public as co-researchers, co-creators and co-custodians of knowledge.

We are keen to get people talking about dialect, their linguistic and cultural heritage, and sharing their language, stories and memories with others – within and across communities, within families and intergenerationally. We think dialect speaks!

In this event we will give an overview of the project and a local flavour of the rich collection we have digitised and are now sharing with the nation. We believe that dialect research should not be kept closeted behind university walls; it deserves (indeed demands!) to be shared. It belongs in the hands of the communities from which it was collected. It is their heritage, their linguistic and cultural inheritance.

Who’s leading the event?

Dr Fiona Douglas and Dr Rosemary Hall

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Event Booking details

Invitations to the Teams event will be sent out nearer the time.