People’s memories of north Norfolk’s past sought for history project
Memories about life in North Norfolk are being sought by a project which hopes to document and share these stories now and with future generations.
North Norfolk Stories aims to record interviews with people with first-hand accounts of past events and the way of life in the area.
In particular, the team is keen to hear about stories relating to the local railways, military past, and maritime history.
It also wants to hear about the area's towns – with memories of anything from school days, to jobs, to family holidays, seaside entertainment and amusements, shopping and food and drink.
It is hoped the interviews will throw up some interesting stories and add to the understanding about the area's heritage.
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Soundbites will be posted on the project's website and the recordings will also be stored at the Norfolk Sound Archive at the Norfolk Record Office as a contribution to the county's heritage.
They may also be used by the project's 21 partner organisations, such as museums, libraries, heritage and wildlife sites.
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Becky MacNaughton, who is running the project, said: 'Oral history is an invaluable way of preserving and understanding the past and we hope to gather a wide variety of material, from eye-witness accounts and memories of big events to everyday traditions and routines, stories, anecdotes, folklore and myths.'
Interviews are expected to last around 30 minutes and will take place at many locations around the area between October 2015 and February 2016.
Many will be conducted by the project's friendly team of Young Ambassadors – 16-24 year-olds volunteering on the project while learning new skills.
The scheme is co-ordinated by Museums Norfolk, a charity that supports and works on behalf of heritage organisations across the county, and has been made possible through a £75,800 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Anyone wishing to take part in an interview or wanting more information, should email Becky MacNaughton at email@example.com, call her on 07766 558927, or visit www.northnorfolkstories.org before the end of the year.