Women’s Walks to Remember: ‘With memory I was there’

Women’s Walks to Remember: ‘With memory I was there’

May 2018 (ongoing), Lake District, Cumbria

Women’s Walks to Remember: "With Memory I was there" is inspired by Dorothy Wordsworth’s Rydal Journals in which she describes “rural sights and sounds” in vivid detail and recollects the landscape and walks she was no longer able to do. It recreates some of Dorothy Wordsworth’s walks and walks that present-day women in the Lake District can no longer do. The walk might have been for work, leisure, adventure, health, remembrance, creativity, science, companionship or solitude. The reason that the walk can no longer be done might be due to the effects of ageing, illness, accident or circumstance.

As a surrogate walker – I have been re-walking each remembered walk and gathering together  ‘treasures’ – hand drawn maps, words, objects, photos – which she then share with each of the women in the form of a bespoke art-guide that reflect my experiences of meeting and walking as a surrogate or substitute walker for these women.

Eventually, these 'walks to remember' will be collected to create a network of ‘Women's Walks to Remember: A with memory I was there’, which the next generations of walkers can follow. 


Creator, Designer and Film Maker: Louise Ann Wilson

Women’s Walks to Remember participants: Linda Broughton, Margaret Crayston, Jill Peel, The Tuesday Walkers (led by Sue Falkner), Wallace Heim, Harriet Fraser, Joanna McLaren and Harold Potter.

Producer: Louise Ann Wilson Company

Funders: The Wordsworth Trust, Faculty of Arts and Social Science (Diversifying Wordsworth project) Arts Strategy Fund and FASS Impact Grant from Lancaster University, Lancaster Arts at Lancaster University, wilson+wilson, Women’s Studies and Sociology, Lancaster University, EASST.