Extracts of a Changing Landscape

'Extracts of a Changing Landscape' will use the work of John Clare and the natural and farmed environment in the Nene Valley to inspire a series of workshops that create space for participants to enjoy nature and literature through art with the aim of improving mental and social wellbeing.

John Clare, the 'peasant poet' was born in Helpston near Peterborough and died in Northampton. His life began at one end of the Nene Valley and ended at the other. Clare was an eagle-eyed naturalist and his work reflects the effects of the early intensification of farming, including the loss of several species of flora and fauna. He also wrote about himself, his health and his social place.

We will look to work with wellbeing advisors, creative practitioners and participants themselves amongst others to design a series of workshops that make use of the natural environment, bring John Clare's work to life and work towards producing a final piece for display to the public.

For more information about this project, which will be launching in early 2019, please contact alison@rnrp.org

Hidden Histories of Rushden

We believe that new technologies have a large role to play in engaging new audiences with heritage and the environment, so will be introducing some through this project. Our creative digital engagement experts at the Mixed Reality Lab (University of Nottingham's Computer Science department) will be working the project team to bring hidden heritage to life through a free artcodes app which allows images to be scanned with a smartphone or tablet and linked to online content. We are commissioning an artist to draw the design and will work with them to ensure that it scans easily.


The aim of this project is to encourage people to engage with the history of Rushden as they walk or cycle along the Greenway path between Rushden town centre and the new Rushden Lakes shopping centre with the Nene Wetlands nature reserve. As it was once the route of the Rushden and Higham branch railway line, built to transport leather and shoes in and out of the town, the app will have a theme of the railway, with various pieces of hidden heritage to discover at each 'station stop' on the app, which will be regularly updated with new information to find out about.

This section of the Greenway will be revitalised by the 'Out to Water, Into History' project, which is also part of Nenescape, through habitat improvements, better signage and an inviting gateway.

Nenescape on Film

Screen Northants will be working with us to deliver Nenescape on Film - an exciting project which will document the development and delivery of our partners' projects, as well as producing material to help promote our work. We'll be working with volunteers to get stuck in with helping to choose filming locations, writing interview questions and getting in front of the camera.

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Also included in this project is the production of a feature film, which tells the story of a young boy trying to find his father. The landscape of the Nene Valley provides a stunning backdrop to this tender tale of a father-son relationship. This film is co-funded with BBC Children in Need, and involves young people in the Northamptonshire film industry. All workshops and filming sessions were free and gave participants the opportunity to work with professionals, build up their CV and most importantly, have fun whilst getting real experience working in film. To find out more about the work Screen Northants do, click here.

Watch a short ‘Behind the Scenes’ film below to get a taste of the feature film and see what role the River Nene plays in this forthcoming movie.

Supported by BBC Children in Need and Heritage Lottery funded Nenescape, we have produced a feature film set along the River Nene involving young people from Northamptonshire. The feature is set to be released in 2019.

View the teaser trailer below.

Rory wants to see his dad. His residential care home can't get hold of him and neither can Rory. So Rory decides to make his own way to Northampton to find him using the River Nene as his guide.