It’s a slightly nervous moment when you know that work you’ve just handed over is receiving its public launch, and you’re not there to see the looks on the audience’s faces, to hear their questions coming back! Today’s the day the Waterlight Project team showed off the website we’ve been working on for a couple of months now. I’ve been handling the impressive array of materials — articles, children’s films, poems, oral history transcripts, photos and blog posts — that the team have been generating about their local river and assembling this into an integrated whole, with room to breathe. And it’s a joy to take a step back and look at it all now as a ‘real thing’.
I just heard that the Waterlight project website launch, with participants, sponsors and interested public gathered at the Hub in Melbourn, Cambridgeshire, was a great success: relief! Waterlight is the sort of project I love being involved in, and something we need much more of: local people pooling an impressive wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise to share their passion for and commitment to their natural and cultural environments and nurturing a wider awareness of how deeply nature and culture are entwined.