Historical research methodologies allow for the registration of heritage. These tools were developed for anyone to use and identify the elements by which we may better know rivers and streams, the cultural and historical aspects related to them. Their use and implementation can actively contribute to the knowledge of the history of watercourses in strict relation with the communities who live and occupy its margins.
These collections result from the work developed by the students and teachers of the partner schools. Each team has followed the designed methodologies, identifying and registering the diverse types of elements to represent the cultural heritage of the nearby rivers and streams, or the ones to which they had any relation. They have used specific registration forms created to each type of content: tangible, intangible heritage and oral memory.
Previous to the collection of information a workshop was organised, with the teachers from the different schools. This focused on the history methodologies, introducing some of the concepts and issues, the tools and processes, which would then be shared in the classroom. During this session we have also identified issues to be improved in the methodologies.
The designed fieldwork and data collections would not take place due to the major constraints caused by the COVID-19 pandemics, forcing us to review the working plan.
We have then changed the approach, pursuing more registration from the household and nearby sources, such as friends and family, with the available resources.
In order to provide greater support for the teachers and students during this period, monthly webinars were organised, with regular follow ups of the work in progress.