Rusland Living History

A 'Living History' project, recording our thoughts, experiences and activities during this extraordinary period of Covid19 'lockdown' 2020.

We are living through a historic period of time; one which will be remembered and spoken about for many years to come.

Our Living History Project is about capturing our lives in the valley and surrounding areas during the Covid19 ‘lockdown’. Many people are finding they have much time on their hands and so are reflecting, contemplating and engaging in writing, art, photography, and other creative responses to their new circumstances. Others are working harder, in incredibly challenging circumstances, to keep people safe and put food on our tables.

We’d like to invite you to be part of a project to capture life in the valley and surrounding areas during the ‘lockdown’ of 2020. 

Sometime, when we are able to safely meet and be with each other again, we will hold a celebration event where we bring all our different responses together, to celebrate the strength of our community, share, and to form a unique record of this unique period of our shared history.

What can I do to contribute?
We don’t want to be prescriptive - just record your thoughts, reflections, day-to-day life in your community in any way you like: through painting, drawing, writing, photography or even video.

What might you write about?
Your own experiences of lockdown, how the community has rallied to look after one another, stories of goodwill and generosity. How have things changed for you and how are you coping? How are things for young families, those living alone, the farming community, or local businesses dependent on tourism?  How is the wildlife responding to the changes? Are you enjoying the peace and quiet or are you missing a busy social life and activities?

Who can take part?
Everyone! The more the better. Anyone can contribute. See some of the contributions made so far. We would love to hear from children too. They will no doubt have a very different perspective.

How do I share?
Next, we’d like to encourage you to share - virtually, of course - through our Rusland Horizons Living History Facebook group or email us at

We may not be able to see each other, but we can still be part of something fantastic together!

See some of the contributions made so far on our Living History webpage  or go to the Rusland Horizons Living History Facebook group.

See also the Well-being ideas posted on the website to help our community through lock-down and beyond.

So far so good...


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Rusland Horizons was a Landscape Partnership funded by the National Heritage Lottery Fund until July 2019. It is now being delivered by The Rusland Horizons Trust Limited. Company No. 2133450; Charity No. 519410; Registered Office: Bleacott Farm, Witherslack, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria LA11 6RZ.