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Thursday, 18 December 2014

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HAVE YOUR SAY: Why do you treasure Cumbria?

Ancient Roman finds in Papcastle, Maryport Blues Festival and stunning views of Bassenthwaite Lake have been named among the sacred treasures of Cumbria.

And people are being urged to have their say about other things that make the area special, thanks to a website launched by the Cumbria Museum Consortium yesterday.

They want people to share their ideas, photos and videos on a new Treasures of Cumbria website.

Each new treasure will be plotted on a map.

One of the first treasures plotted was the archeological remains in Papcastle, chosen by primary school pupils from St Joseph’s School in Cockermouth.

Talkin Tarn near Brampton and a mural at Parton Village Hall have also been named as treasures.

The website has been set up by Tullie House in Carlisle, Wordsworth Trust, Lakeland Arts Trust and is funded by Arts Council England.

Mary Ferguson, project co-ordinator, said: “The project is all about getting out and about in Cumbria to see what people treasure about the county.

“We want to find out what diversity there is and what we have in common so the website is a fantastic tool for people to share their ideas.

“Your treasure doesn’t have to be something really big and flashy. It can be your favourite Cumbrian food, view or even the local dialect.”

St Joseph’s School presented a model of the Roman dig in Papcastle during the launch event at the Wave Centre, Maryport.

They made the model out of recycled materials.

They also gave a presentation of their finds.

Monty Corr, aged nine, said: “It was an interesting project to be involved in and we learned a lot about the history of Papcastle in that period.”

About 400 primary and secondary schools have been involved with the Derventio archaeological project, which is a joined project by Grampus Heritage and the Senhouse Roman Museum in Maryport.

The learning programme, which is funded by HFL, gives children practical experience of a dig and visits to the museum. As part of the project another dig could take place around Papcastle in September.

Joanne Banks, a teacher at St Joseph’s School, said: “The knowledge that the children have taken with them is invaluable which is why we chose it as our treasure.

“Cumbria is a land of treasures and it has been fantastic for our students to be involved in this project.”

Tell us below what you treasure and people can share their ideas at http://www.treasuresofcumbria.org.uk

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