Maker Memories is a volunteer led community project designed to capture the rich and diverse heritage of Maker Camp on the Rame Peninsula.
The project is being led by volunteers from Maker and Rame Community Interest Company in partnership with and supported by The Box, Plymouth.
The project is collecting the many and varied stories and social history of Maker Camp, which has undergone a number of uses over the past 200 years. The primary focus of the project is capturing the rich and diverse stories of Maker that exist in living memory. These include stories of attending Maker Camp as a child for a school holiday – this scheme was originally set up by Nancy Astor and the Virginia House Settlement in the 1920s for ‘deprived city children’ and continued through to the early 1980s, resulting in thousands of children (mainly from Plymouth) having their first, and sometimes only childhood holiday at Maker.
Stories of musicians and festival goers
More recent history includes the stories of hundreds of musicians who have played at the venue, thousands of festival goers (with an annual music festival starting in 1999), and large numbers of artists who have had studios at the camp. The camp has also hosted thousands of holidaymakers through its use as a campsite. Maker Camp holds many special memories for its visitors, not least for the scores of people who have used the camp as the venue for their wedding.