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Revealing Our Past Voices from the Forest

Voices from the Forest


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.

What will the project deliver?

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:

  • Explore how oral history can help people learn informally through clubs and community groups and through school subjects such as English, History, Drama, and PSHE
  • Through seminars and papers, prompt further interest and research from scholars.
  • Participate in events, as opportunities for engagement, education and raising the profile of Voices from the Forest
  • Produce a talking book of oral histories.

What can I get involved in?

We’re looking for volunteers to help in recording, logging, archiving and promoting the oral histories.

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