Want to know more about our accent? Visit the Voices of the Fens exhibition at Wisbech Museum

PUBLISHED: 15:44 25 May 2018 | UPDATED: 15:45 25 May 2018

Mayor of Ely Mike Rouse with organiser Xenia Niemic at the museum

Mayor of Ely Mike Rouse with organiser Xenia Niemic at the museum

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A unique exhibition looking at the way Fenland people speak will be held at Wisbech Museum.

The Voices of the Fens is a ‘reminiscence’ journey about local sayings and place names.

In the exhibition, which is produced by students from the Anglia Ruskin University, it will trace the origins and influences of the languages of the Fens.

Earlier this week Mayor of Ely, councillor Mike Rouse, visited the museum for the launch and to display a copy of his book ‘How to Speak Fen’ as part of it.

He said: “The exhibition runs for a month and we hope that local people will add some fenland words to our glossary.”

The Fen accent is known to vary enormously from area to area and combines a mixture of the Norfolk and Lincolnshire accents.

It is much stronger in the elderly population who’ve lived and worked in the northern parts of Cambridgeshire their entire lives.

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