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Tweet up to tell the story of the Garden for Curating Cambridge

As part of Curating Cambridge: our city, our stories, our stuff, a five week festival beginning on 20 October, we are inviting everyone to indulge in some coffee cup curation and help us co-author what the Garden means to its visitors today.
At 10.30am every morning during Curating Cambridge, we will be tweeting a highlight from the community project, Voicing the Garden, to share this growing treasure trove of recollections, interviews, films and animations, archive news clippings from the Cambridge News, vintage photos and creative work.

Voicing the Garden began as an oral history project to gather up and share stories from those who have made, grown up in or simply enjoyed the Garden. But the project took on a life of its own as paintings, poems, short stories, musical compositions, artefacts like an old Sunday key to the Garden or family photographs of visits and memories of visiting with loved ones poured in. Exploring the online archive (follow the link to the left) reveals diverse experiences including how the Botanic Garden got some of the country’s finest horticulturalists such as Roy Lancaster off to their professional start, how the Garden has been a life-changing place of joy with first dates and marriage proposals, a source of solace for grieving families, a place of relief for carers under stress and an inspirational introduction to the natural world for generations of children.

Juliet Day, Development Officer at the Botanic Garden explains:

'The emotional and creative response to Voicing was wonderful and it soon became clear that the Garden is made up of as many - if not more - stories as there are plants in the collections or have been visitors to the Garden! We hope that tweeting a Voicing highlight each day at cup-of-coffee time throughout Curating Cambridge will encourage lots more people to contribute to the collective story of the Garden. People can send in memories, stories, pictures, photos, poems - whatever most appeals - to the Garden address or email them to share@voicingthegarden.com'.

To follow the hashtag highlights from Voicing the Garden, make sure the kettle’s on in plenty of time to settle down at 10.30am with a cuppa and use #OurCam or follow @CUBotanicGarden for a daily dose of culture in its original meaning – maintaining the optimum conditions for growth!

Curating Cambridge: our city, our stories, our stuff is a five week festival of fun and culture running from 20 October – 23 November 2014. For full programme details, follow the link to the left.
Publication Date
15/10/2014