The Dean Heritage Centre houses a collection of unique oral histories on audio cassette tapes, from local residents in the 1980s which cover recollections of childhood, shopping, war, various local trades and industries.
To help preserve these precious memories this project will digitise the collection allowing them to be enjoyed for many years to come.
The 1980s collection held at the Dean Heritage Centre and new Oral History recordings from the Voices from the Forest project will be catalogued and stored at the Centre, creating a broad timescale of oral histories for research and public engagement.
MP3 copies will be available for the purpose of educational research, primarily with the Forest Dialect project. Excerpts of recordings will be placed on audio listening posts in the galleries of the museum, and online.
We need volunteers to help in cataloguing the oral history recordings.
Click here to go to the Dean Heritage Centre website.
You might be surprised what you find!
From creating habitats for our wildlife or improving our waterways, to recording oral histories or finding old photos, there’s always something going on to get involved in!