Finders Keepers

Finders Keepers

Finders Keepers centres around the evocative words and exquisite images conjured by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris in The Lost Words.  Ten simple words: acorn, bluebell, bramble, conker, dandelion, fern, ivy, magpie, starling, willow. All fading from the our world.

The challenge: to find, keep, create and share stories and memories that will keep these ‘lost words’ alive. They are all to be found here on Barnes Common and in many other places, if we only take the time to look. 

Everyone is welcome here! Whether you are growing up, grown up, just visiting, moved away, no longer be able to visit the Common or have a special memory from another place….do you have a story to share? 

But Beware!  This project lasts for one full circle of the sun only and must end on Longest Day 2020. Every memory, story, poem, drawing or song shared will help us strengthen the power of the words we find.

We need your help and can’t wait to hear from you.

Finders Keepers in the National Curriculum:

Finders Keepers is a creative and interactive way to integrate outdoor and classroom learning, and gives students voice to share and deepen understanding of their own local outdoor spaces. Whether drawing down memories of out-of-school time spent on the Common, or through an organised group visit, there are strong links with art, literacy, citizenship, science and maths. Schools are encouraged to submit selected pieces of work and every contribution helps strengthen and protect the Portal of the Lost Word forever.

More about Lost Words

Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris share their thoughts about ‘Lost Words’ and the value in spending time outdoors

Seek Find Speak The Outdoor Theatre Companion to the Lost Words


Banner Image: SeekFindSpeak on Barnes Common at Barnes Childrens Literature Festival photo: Sharon Morgan

Finders’ Sheet images: Andrew Wilson 

Lost Words authors: Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris

Lost Words images: from The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris

Website: Overbord Design

The Keeper would like to give special thanks to Ruth Golby, Russell Morgan, Anna Ridley and Jessica Woollard, without whom this project would have become well and truly ‘lost’.