Woman reading into the microphone

Everyday history captured by eight Cumbrian diarists following in the penstrokes of Barrow's Nella Last, the amazing wartime diarist whose work was famously dramatised by Victoria Wood as 'Housewife, 49'.
Our new Nellas from across Cumbria reflect on events national, local and personal, writing for the Mass Observation Archive and letting BBC Radio Cumbria have a little silver key to their diaries too.
Extracts were recorded by local actors and produced for BBC Radio Cumbria by Jennie Dennett with support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Settle in as they take us through the tumultuous closing months of 2019.


Voices: Nick Emerson, Ian Honeyman, Heidi Fair, Ann Hufton, Helen Newell & Laura Britton, Music by Jason Williams, Over Hills. Produced by Jennie Dennett with support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Tx BBC Radio Cumbria Nov 11, 2019.