Orton’s fieldworkers, travelled up and down the country in the 1950s and 60s, recording the local dialects of England and its border regions. They were equipped with a copy of the International Phonetic Alphabet and several notebooks. The path of the fieldworker wasn’t always smooth and there were challenges along the way. Read on to find out more about their time on the road and decide whether you have what it takes to follow in their footsteps.

A letter card that has been written on.

'Fieldwork' (LAVC/SED/1/1/1) by Harold Orton. Held at Special Collections, Leeds University Library. Licensed under CC-BY-NC 4.0