A High Street Sound Walk in Barrow

Artist Dan Fox’s sound walk explores the diversity of Barrow’s high street and the changes it has witnessed.

'Barrovia' by Dan Fox 
Start: In front of Barrow Library
Duration: 45 minutes
This route is accessible. Please be mindful of road crossings.

Using headphones via your personal device, start the audio at the library and take a slow walk along Duke Street. Sit and stroll, look and listen as you immerse yourself in memories old and new. The map below gives an overview of the accessible route.

Artist Dan Fox’s sound walk ‘Barrovia’ explores the people and architecture of Barrow’s high street and how it has changed. Take a journey amongst landmarks of work and play on the high street including iconic shops, businesses and the clubs of Cornwallis Street. Listen to the stories of local people who have witnessed the street changing, like when Barrow’s high street had 14,000 ship workers descend on it after work. Hear more about local civic events like the centenary of the town hall and the carnival.

It’s part of High Street Sound Walks, a series of self-guided, immersive sound walks to help people discover the magic of their local high streets for Heritage Open Days. High Street Sound Walks is a commission by Historic England, National Trust and Heritage Open Days with support from the players of People’s Postcode Lottery and produced by Sound UK.

Produced in association with Full of Noises.


Various tracks: music - Pete Moser; words - John Fox and Adrian Mitchell.

With thanks to: Susan Benson - Barrow Library archivist, Steve Cook, Kathleen Irwin, Mike Kidson, Charlie MacKeith RD, Sarah Miller, Leslie Trotter, Dave Turner, Jack Webster.


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"Supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery"
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