In 2011, The Waterways Trust (TWT) were successful in gaining funding from the Big Lottery: Jubilee People’s Millions to deliver a number of benefits for the Stroud community (in Gloucestershire) around the Cotswold Canal. This included funding to create an audio trail along the tow path based on interviews with local people. Following a tender process, Little Man Project was proud to be awarded a 6 month contract to manage the development of the audio content.
Working with a small team of predominantly volunteers over 25 interviews were recorded with people connected to the canal and this collection formed the main content of the trail.
The collection was then edited and used to develop scripts relating to each location along the trail. Following auditions, we identified two local young people to record this audio narration in the studio. The script was then brought to life with music and sound effects to create an engaging and informative trail.
The trail has been made available to the public through a website and QR codes on way markers along the towpath. These QR codes can be scanned using any smartphone and take the user directly to the audio clip for that location.
We were thrilled to find a local supplier with such experience and enthusiasm. Little Man Project lead the development of the trail and designed a really interesting and engaging experience. The trail will continue to be a great resource for local people and visitors alike for many years to come.Kim Chester, Director,