Women’s Walks to Remember: ‘With memory was I there’

Women’s Walks to Remember: ‘With memory I was there’ is a ‘surrogate’ walking-art project specific to the Lake District that re-walks significant walks of those who are no longer able to walk them. The walk might have been for work, leisure, adventure, health, remembrance, creativity, science, companionship or solitude. The reason that the walk can no longer be done might be due to the effects of ageing, illness, accident or circumstance.

Women’s Walks to Remember invites participants to share memories, objects, photos, sight and sounds associated with a landscape that holds deep significance and to draw a memory-map of that landscape. I then use these maps to re-walk the remembered walk as a surrogate walker and gathered ‘treasures’ – drawing, maps, words, and photos – which I  share with each of the women in the form of a bespoke story board booklet that captured the remembered walk.

Eventually, these 'walks to remember' will become a printed collection that others can follow outside in the landscape or inside in the imagination.

Women’s Walks to Remember: 'With Memory I was there'  was inspired by Dorothy Wordsworth’s Rydal Journals in which she describes “rural sights and sounds” in vivid detail and recollects the landscape and walks she was no longer able to do.

Created, Designed and Written by Louise Ann Wilson.

Walks Remembered by Linda Broughton, Margaret Crayston, Jill Peel, The Tuesday Walkers (led by Sue Falkner), Wallace Heim, Harriet Fraser, Joanna McLaren and Harold Potter (who inspired this project). 

Produced by Louise Ann Wilson Company Limited.

Funded by The Wordsworth Trust, Faculty of Arts and Social Science (Diversifying Wordsworth Project) Arts Strategy Fund and FASS Impact Grant from Lancaster University, Lancaster Arts at Lancaster University, wilson+wilson, Women’s Studies and Sociology, Lancaster University, EASST.