What’s happening at Creswell Crags on the 26th of August?

On the 26th of August 2017, Refugium will fill the Creswell Gorge with sound.

Some of these will be the sounds of birds and animals who once lived here when the climate and environment was very different. At times you might get a feel of what Creswell Crags sounded like in the past. Some of these sounds will be of the birds and animals which live in the Gorge today.

Some of these sounds will be the voices of people who live in and around the area today. Some of these sounds will be the sounds associated with activities carried out by humans in Creswell’s past; people making fire, people working stone, people carving animals in limestone, people butchering meat, eating, laughing, crying, shouting, and whispering.

Some of these sounds will be songs; choral music sung by the Stonegate Singers Community Choir, who will be performing songs inspired by the Creswell Gorge.

Some of these sounds will be played on instruments, by musicians inspired by the story of the Creswell Crags and the archaeology of its caves.

These sounds will come from the caves themselves, and an arrangement of outdoor speakers at the West End of the Creswell Gorge. These speakers will create an 3D, surround-sound environment which will bring the sounds of Creswell Crags together in an immersive piece of music composed by Jon Hughes which explores the story of Creswell Crags.

At 17.30 on Saturday 26th of August, we will meet at the Creswell Crags visitors centre, and walk down into the Gorge to explore these strange and familiar sounds together.