This project will explore the impact of weather and climate on life in Suffolk in the past, today, and in the future. Taking place across Suffolk the project will blend historical research, nature studies, and creativity. Our starting point will be the story of Orlando Whistlecraft (1810-1893), who was known as the Weather Prophet of Thwaite. For several decades he made a detailed study of the weather and published annual almanacs with his predictions for the year’s weather, and notes on what plants and animals you could expect to see at different times of year.
Themes this project will explore include:
- Weather/climate and its impact on our lives – in the past and today
- Observations of the natural world around us – including getting outside
- How the landscape and climate across Suffolk have changed and are changing
We are looking volunteers to undertake archive research for this project and to collect information about Suffolk’s climate and landscape in the present day.
Working with the Project Co-ordinator and Suffolk Archives staff, you will have the option to choose to do any or all of the following:
- Archive research on Orlando Whistlecraft’s weather records and forecasts
- Archive research on other records relating to weather, climate, and landscape in Suffolk
- Keep records of your observations of the natural world
- Help to develop creative ways of engaging wider audiences with the project
- Help with the creation of a display/exhibition on the project’s themes
- Consider opportunities to write about the project on Suffolk Archives social media
- Support evaluation of the project with requested project information and feedback
Why get involved?
- Apply skills you already have and develop some new ones
- Opportunity to develop research skills, while enabling people to discover their own local history
- Chance to meet other volunteers and share the stories you discover with a wider audience
- Enjoyment and fulfilment
- Travel expenses are funded
How to get involved?
- Sign into your account or sign up to Volunteer Makers.
- Accept the challenge.
- Await a response from Suffolk Archives with more information