The Sounds of the Teesdale Dialect
The aim of the project was to discover, record and broadcast audio that highlights the culture and distinctive character of Teesdale. Recordings will be made through discussion and interview with as many people as possible who speak in the Teesdale dialect. To date little work has been done to record this dialect properly for future generations. The long term aim is to leave a legacy of recordings in a format accessible to all.
Radio Teesdale has been featuring the Teesdale dialect in it’s programming. Presenter Paul Griffin regularly featured the Teesdale Dialect on his Thursday and Sunday breakfast shows inviting listeners to show their knowledge by asking the meaning of words from “up Tittera Bune.” It was pleasing to find that most of the time the competition answers received had been correct.
Features have been recorded on methods for counting sheep. The research team has also spoken to a number of experts on the history of dialect. Recently David Petts, a lecturer of Northern Archaeology from Durham University, visited the studio. He was question in an extended interview on the history and origins of the dialect focusing on archaeological evidence beginning with one of the earliest know settlements in Teesdale, that of Jimmy Folds, north west of Holwick in Upper Teesdale.
Katey Wallace, the station’s lunchtime presenter also visited Forest in Teesdale School to talk to staff and pupils to find out how dialect was viewed in their community.
This project is now complete.