This project is bringing to life the memories and stories of work in the Forest. We will collect oral histories from Foresters, and those who came and went from the Forest, to add to our collective knowledge of our heritage, with a focus on the work linked to the landscape and traditions of the Forest. These oral histories will be recorded, capturing the essence of what it was like to live and work in the Forest settlements and industries through the last century.
Through digital media content, face to face discussion, seminars, talks and working with local archives the project aims to make oral histories more widely available, and to encourage their use in understanding the past and present experience of life and work in the Forest.
It is being led by academics from the University of Gloucestershire and residents in the Forest community.
The project will:
We’re looking for volunteers to help in recording, logging, archiving and promoting the oral histories.
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!