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During the 1950s and 60s, fieldworkers from the Survey of English Dialects travelled across England, visiting more than 300 different towns and villages. They asked people about their words for everyday objects and got them to talk about their local customs, culture and way of life.

The result was hundreds of dialect recordings, notebooks, photographs and drawings, and a fascinating insight into life and language in rural England.

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