Community History Archive

Much of the culture history of wild plants including local history, folklore, storytelling, arts and crafts, songs, dances, recipes, herbal remedies and landscape history, is held as oral history and as scattered artefacts in individual homes, often by older members of the community. It is rarely written down or recorded.

This element of the project is designed to inspire local individuals and expert practitioners to explore the different tools for recording and sharing community histories.

We held a skill share workshop on developing Community History Digital Archives in Bulgaria in November 2013 which was attended by representatives from all the partners in Wildflower Europe. The workshop was delivered by Stevan Lockhart (Tinslave Consultancy) who was instrumental in developing the Assynt Community History Digital Archive in North West Scotland.

The participants learned about the technical, ethical, legal and security aspects of setting up digital archives and also how to encourage and support community participation. The partners of Wildflower Europe will work on pilot archive projects during this project and we hope to be able to continue this work in the future. We will post the results of these pilot projects in late summer 2014. Click here for a working document from this workshop.

In Stari Grad, Croatia, two local authors Željana Škarpa and Marica Buratović collected local wild flower recipes and medicines and brought the results together into a publication – “Ljekovito Bilje Otoka Hvara u Kuhinji I Pripravcima Naših Nona” (Healing Herbs of the Island of Hvar and its Use in the Kitchens and Preparations of our Grandmothers). The publication was launched at the Petar Hektarovic Museum in Stari Grad during the Wildflower Festival 2013.