29 Jul 2021
by Heritage Open Days

Two men on a soundwalk, both wearing black over-ear headphones
Stepping out on a sound walk. (© James John)

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.

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)

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)

Sounds of the streets

Local residents shared their stories with the artists. (© Lawrence Campbell)

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)

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)

Hear Hull as you never have before

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

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)

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)

Different types of soundscapes

Soak up a world of sounds and stories in Grantham. (© Emm Nunn)

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