Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Museum helps pioneer new project

09:00 31 July 2012

Museum of British Surfing founder and director Pete Robinson.

Museum of British Surfing founder and director Pete Robinson.

Archant

‘The First Wave’ will explore how surfing has changed throughout the decade by interviewing up to 100 people.

THE Museum of British Surfing is partnering a new Heritage Lottery funded project that will record personal stories of the history of surfing in Britain.

‘The First Wave’ will see people interviewed about their memories of early-day surfing in the UK and how the sport has changed over the decades.

Up to 100 interviews will be collected over the next few months, and the Braunton-based museum will showcase the finished project next summer.

The museum is partnering the £44,000 project, and founder and director Peter Robinson is keen to see the results of the new initiative.

He said: “This is a fantastic research project which will document the birth of modern surfing culture in Britain.

“‘The First Wave’ will be collecting peoples’ earliest memories about a sport which has captured the imagination of many thousands of people in Britain and we are really excited to be working on the project.”

The project was originally launched by Cornwall longboard champion Ben Skinner.

Ben said: “So much has changed, even in the 20 years that I’ve been surfing. I think this is a great project and I can’t wait to hear the stories that emerge.”

The National Maritime Museum Cornwall and the Cornwall Audio Visual Archive will also be supporting the project, which is being delivered by Porthtowan Surf Life Saving Club.

If you would like to tell your surfing heritage story, or if you would like to be a volunteer surf history researcher, then email helen@thefirstwave.co.uk

0 comments

Other News Stories

Search teams took to the River Torridge this weekend on the lookout for Bideford pensioner Clive Colling, who has been missing since January 1.

Read more
Yesterday, 21:08

Braunton Police Station has been bought by Braunton Parish Council in a deal to keep a police presence in the village

Read more
Yesterday, 21:22

Vehicles including a police vehicle, targeted by a green laser on St Brannocks Road, say Ilfracombe police

Read more
Yesterday, 08:00

The 29-year-old pleaded with magistrates not to send him to prison after being drunk and disorderly in Barnstaple.

Read more
Saturday, January 14, 2017

The 33-year-old from Margate, Kent, kicked the detention officer in the shin after she was arrested at a Bideford pub.

Read more
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Did you know the NHS offered a wide range of apprenticeships? Joshua Stephenson from Bideford began his NHS career as an apprentice and is supporting the new #NHyeS campaign

Read more
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Can you spare some time to help North Devon Hospice – all these people can!

Read more
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Police were called to Northam after a car was seen driving around with no car door and a smashed windscreen.

Read more
Friday, January 13, 2017

Northern Devon Healthcare Trust appeals for views on proposals to merge North Devon’s stroke services at NDDH

Read more
Friday, January 13, 2017

Temperatures could plummet as low as -3C tonight (Friday) as council gritters treat North Devon’s roads ready for the cold snap.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 6°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications