Incredible Edble Todmorden Archive

Posted: 14.11.18 by

IET has been running for an incredible 10 years! During this time it has become part of the fabric of Todmorden, filling the town with fruit trees and planters full of herbs and vegetables free for everyone to pick and share – not to mention installing artwork all over town, and organising or getting involved with a whole range of local events to strengthen community connections, from Kidsfest to the Incredible Festival of Ideas. It has inspired a global movement. And all of this has been achieved without any paid staff, permanent buildings, or funding from statutory authorities.

The history of these incredible achievements can be found in the plans, designs, reports, newsletters, posters and press cuttings created along the way. For most of the past 10 years, these have lived in boxes stashed away in people’s spare rooms, inaccessible to the public. But not any more!

Over the next 6 months I will be volunteering my time and skills to catalogue and preserve the Incredible Edible Todmorden archive, so that anyone interested can find out what we have and how to get access to it. Once the archive is properly listed and packaged, it will move to a long-term home in Todmorden library, where all these incredible resources will be available for anyone to see.

Who might want to see these items? Researchers, of course – IET has already been the focus of some academic studies, and this archive will make it even easier for them to find the source material they need. But more than that, the archive will be a valuable resource for members of IET looking for
inspiration and wisdom in the things we’ve tried before. Not to mention artists, community groups, enthusiasts, journalists… Even historians, because preserving this material now will mean it survives far into the future, when all of us are just a distant memory.

Are you a local artist who could use this material to inspire new work? A community group who could use this material to stimulate discussion, education, or action? Let me know! It would be great to facilitate workshops and talks to encourage people to connect with the IET archives.

Watch this space for updates on the cataloguing project, and please get in touch if you would like to know more!

Angharad

Want to help?

There are loads of ways you can help us in our work. For more information click here. Or email Estelle.