Tales of the Vale Publication 4th Reprint!

The book and CD created by the Tales of the Vale volunteers has gone for a fourth reprint, having sold out three times already. Congratulations to everyone who helped put this lovely book together and to all our interviewees who shared their stories. For further information go to the website for A Forgotten Landscape.

This project has now finished but I am really excited to announce that my core group of volunteers on this project has formed the West of England Oral History Partnership, with a view to continuing the work they’ve been doing. Things in the pipeline include; a care home project and a series of podcasts created from our oral history material. WATCH THIS SPACE!

New online oral history resources for schools

We have created a set of new resources on the Oral History Society website specifically aimed at school and youth groups. There is advice on every aspect of setting up an oral history or recording project, including details on ethics and copyright, equipment and lesson plans. There are also a number of audio clips on various topics which can be used in class and lots of case studies from some inspiring school projects involving pupils of all ages. Check it out here.

Wonderful stories emerging from the Forgotten Flood Plains of South Worcestershire

Have a listen to the first of many stories that I’ve recorded for the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust’s Forgotten Floodplains; Meadows Remembered project. We are aiming to create an archive of material focussing on the lives of those who live and work in the parish of Eldersfield on the Worcestershire/ Gloucestershire border. The Worcestershire Wildlife Trust has recently bought about 50 acres of unique floodplain meadow at Hardwick Green and is keen to discover as much as possible about these meadows, their importance, how they’ve been farmed in the past or simply explored by generations of children.  So far we’ve recorded interviews with nearly two dozen local people including some children from Pendock and Eldersfield schools, so the age range of this project is currently about 7 to 95 years!