Project to record oral history of Swaffham set to celebrate first anniversary

An ambitious project to record an oral history of Swaffham will mark its first anniversary with a special Swaffham Speaks event.

The Heritage Lottery-funded Swaffham: Within Living Memory scheme has collected more than 50 history interviews with local residents covering topics such as the town's carnival in the 1950s, Tyrone's Saturday auction and the day 19 sixth-century bodies were discovered at the Paddocks.

Heritage development officer Sian Hogarth said: 'We have been thrilled by the response of local people coming forward to volunteer for this community project and to tell their story. Their memories are creating the history of the future, but we want more.

'Year two will be about filling the gaps where we know people have fascinating reminiscences which would be an asset for the new sound archive.'

The free event at Swaffham Museum on Saturday May 5 will take place between 10am and 1pm, and allow visitors to listen to extracts from some of the recordings, as well as add their own memories and have their say about the project's second year.

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