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Six Sound Walks

Are you ready to take a walk with a difference? Discover the magic of local High Streets with six new immersive Sound Walks. From the cry of gulls in Hull and a carnival in Barrow to club beats and café bustle in Reading, the sounds and stories of the streets are brought to life in these special new artistic commissions.  Best experienced as you walk the area, but also worth checking out if you’re nostalgic for the town you once knew, or want a taste of a new place!

© James John - Stepping out on a sound walk

This year Historic England is working with the National Trust and Sound UK to launch a series of self-guided, immersive sound walks to help you discover the magic of 6 local high streets for Heritage Open Days. Each walk has been locally produced so offers you a distinctive journey of discovery – from market traders in Great Yarmouth to an arcade in Hull. See the High Street in a new light as you step forward with these self-guided audio trails supported by illustrated maps.

Local residents shared their stories with the artists / © Lawrence Campbell

Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire


Trip the light fantastic with this whirl through the Jute-opolis of England, from the quiet of a library to the bustle of a carnival. (ARTIST: Dan Fox)

Get a new perspective on Hull with Jez Riley French's 'Bright Velvet Wander' / © Phoebe Riley Law

Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

Breet Velvit Ake (‘Bright Velvet Wander’) 

Listen carefully as you walk this one, full of hidden, overlooked, or usually inaudible sounds from the streets. (ARTIST: Jez riley French)

Soak up a world of sounds and stories in Grantham / © Emm Nunn

Grantham, Lincolnshire

Traces & Echoes

Find the hidden, the buried, the wonderful, and the imagined - the local historical heritage that has and continues to serve as a (silent) symphony accompanying the sounds of the present. (ARTIST: Sandra Kazlaukaite)

Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

Knapped Flint, Cracked Concrete 

Wander this ancient walled town and hear how its streets have changed, with stories from its medieval cathedral to modern market traders. (ARTIST: Oliver Payne)

Reading, Berkshire

A Reading of London Street

Immerse yourself in this dreamlike walk past the Black History Mural and Global café. Food, music and romance can all be found along the way. (ARTISTS: Aundre Goddard & Richard Bentley)

Redruth, Cornwall

‘Stret an Levow’  (Street of Voices)

As the clock chimes layers of history will be unwound on this walk. From the mining diaspora to department store dramas! (ARTISTS: Anna Maria Murphy, Sue Hill & Ciaran Clarke)

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