Rich Soil Rich Heritage

Welcome to Rich Soil Rich Heritage, a community heritage project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund

Rich Soil Rich Heritage was a two-year community heritage project in 2012-2014 that involved many local people in many different ways. Volunteers carried out research, oral history interviews, photography, fieldwork, acting, presenting and filmmaking to record important aspects of three and half centuries of East Cambridgeshire’s history. The project looked at the story of some of the many different groups of people who came to the area. From the 17th Century to the present day, they came to East Cambridgeshire for very different reasons but all were connected by one common activity…work. Their work ranged from back breaking construction of massive drainage channels to flying fighter aircraft in defence of liberty. Once the land was drained it was perfect for farming and then later provided the flat expanses needed for wartime airfields.

Nature may have given the area its distinctive rich soil, but it was people who helped shape the area we see today. They gave East Cambridgeshire its rich heritage.

To find out more about the heritage covered by the project please use the Project tab.

View the fabulous project film here and download the project’s learning resources here


The Rich Soil Rich Heritage Project is now complete. However if you have a story to tell then please get in touch
on 01353 722228 or email

If you would like to know more about the project, or have any comments, then please make contact with us.
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