NEW Website for The Lost Words Dorset
5th March 2019
The Lost Words was created by Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris in October 2017 to celebrate once-common “nature” words – from acorn and wren, to conker and dandelion – that were dropped from the Oxford Junior Dictionary some ten years before.
The book takes twenty of the words that have been falling out of use amongst children - such as adder, kingfisher and bramble - and brings them back to life, through the magical paintings of Jackie Morris and the 'spell poems' of Robert Macfarlane.
In April and May 2018, #LostWordsDorset (Emma Fernandez, Paul Angel and Richard Bradford) ran online campaign using Twitter and Crowdfunder, inviting people to pledge money to help us buy enough books for the state schools in Dorset. In just five weeks, over 100 supporters pledged £4000, enough money to buy a copy of The Lost Words for each of the 170+ state schools in the county.
We made a donation to the project and offered our support on social media. In late 2018 we met with Richard to offer our services in building a new website to support the project. This was launched on 1st March 2019.
It has captured all the locations where the books were presented, as well as information about the supporters of the project. Going forward it also has the facility for people to upload their own contributions to The Lost Words in Dorset.
We've been so pleased to contribute to this project and can't wait to see what develops as the website starts to be found and used by Lost Words supporters and enthusiasts around Dorset.
You can view the new website here: www.lostwordsdorset.org.uk
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