Wherever possible Nicola endeavours to use the most local materials, ensuring a low carbon footprint. For example, she has worked with AJ Wells, on the Isle of Wight, to create the vitreous enamel work for interpretation panels and maps. The timber she uses is grown in the New Forest. Laser cut steel is fabricated nearby.
East Boldre Oral History project was a commission to tell the stories of residents born and brought up in a small rural village, which has changed enormously in the past 90 years. I recorded contributor’s stories, edited soundbites (available on SoundCloud – EBOH) and transcribed the recordings, which have been archived at the New Forest Heritage Centre. Four listening stations in the village invite people to hear these amazing stories.
EBOH recorded memories and tales of an East Boldre as it was, giving a voice to families who have lived in the village for generations and who are aware of a fast-changing community. It has helped people who live in or visit the village to recognise its history and character, and encourages people to share time together to talk about heritage.