Our Secret Forest

Early in 2017 we successfully secured a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for an exciting project called ‘Our Secret Forest’. Working in partnership with the Dean Heritage Centre young people from local schools and our youth theatre are exploring the memories of people who grew up in the Forest of Dean during World War II. These memories are being captured as ‘oral histories’.

The Forest was and remains a place of secrets, and has played a central role in much of Britain’s rich heritage across the centuries. However, the events it witnessed during WWII still have ramifications today and AIR in G recognises a strong need to explore this rich seam of history with young people across the district. Thanks to National Lottery players, ‘Our Secret Forest’ will enable young people to engage in an important aspect of local history by connecting them with members of their community through their shared heritage.

Using these collected memories the project will culminate in November 2017 with a brand new live performance created by young actors from Found in the Forest Youth Theatre. An exhibition celebrating the project will also go on display at the Dean Heritage Centre. In the meantime you can check out the Our Secret Forest blog here!

AIR in G is looking forward to hearing from anyone who would like to be involved in this project.

Contact AIR in G on (01989) 566644 or email Jamie@airing.co.uk