A Forgotten Landscape/ South Gloucester Council HLF project – publication imminent June 2018

Congratulations to the volunteers on the ‘Tales of the Vale’ Oral History Project. I have been working with this wonderful group for two years now. We have collected 50 interviews about the lives of the people who live and work in the Lower Severn Vale. As I write, a book and 80-min CD containing extracts from all the interviews are currently with the designers and will be published shortly, hopefully June 2018. There is also a touring exhibition which will go on the road in August.

Watch out for new ‘Oral History in Schools’ resources on OHS website! May 2018

I have been working with my colleague Helen Lloyd and a group of oral history practitioners and teachers to create some useful pages for teachers and youth group leaders on undertaking recording projects in schools. The pages are now finished and will be published on the OHS website shortly.

 Launch of Worcestershire Wildlife Trust’s 50th Anniversary Oral History Project – March 2018

Thanks to a grant from HLF, the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust is embarking on a project to record the memories and experiences of some of the key people who formed the trust in 1968 and were involved in its development over the past 5 decades. This got off to a great start on March 28th 2018 with a celebration at the Trust’s headquarters at Smite Farm, Worcester. I will be recording interviews and working with volunteers on this project.

Still awaiting the arrival of the Witley Voices CD!

I am hoping to report that the CD, made from interviews recorded by the Witleys Oral History Group over the last three years, will be available shortly.