A changing landscape

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Cotswolds being designated as an AONB, the Cotswolds Conservation Board is launching a new community project to document and celebrate the rich history of the Cotswolds landscape.

We hope to build a comprehensive portrait of landscape change throughout the region and how it relates to societal change has influenced this process. We hope to not only gain a clearer perspective for potential future policy, but also to help preserve a key and often overlooked part of local heritage for the public to explore and enjoy for years to come. We hope to compile all of the photographs and data into an interactive archive for visitors are residents to submit their own contributions to be placed upon an interactive map.

How to get involved

While the archive itself is still in development, we are ready to begin accepting submissions. If you have any sort of digital media, whether it is a photograph, a film, a text document, or even a scanned historical text or photograph, please contact our Community & Research Apprentice at robert.barber@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk. You can also join our project Facebook group to see some images from our own collection.

We have a few guidelines for submissions:

  • Where possible, please provide as much detail on your submissions  - such as where and when a photograph was taken, who took it, etc. This is to assist with archiving and indexing submissions. 
  • Please only submit things that you have permission to share. We wish to ensure we fairly credit all submissions and that we are not using anything without permission
  • We are primarily interested in recording landscape change over the past 50 years - although we will accept exceptions if we feel they may be relevant.

If you have any further queries, please feel free to get in touch and we will strive to get back to you with clarification as soon as we can.

If you have something you think might be relevant that is not digital, don't worry - we are planning to have several events touring the region with a digital scanner so we can record photographs and documents if you cannot digitise them yourself.

Please look and see if you have anything to send in! However trivial it might seem to you, it will be an valuable piece of the archive.