Swaledale Museum Oral History Project Gets The Go-Ahead

By 24 Hour Museum Staff | 28 January 2008
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The Friends of Swaledale Museum. Picture courtesy Swaledale Museum

A museum oral history project in Richmondshire, Yorkshire has been given the green light – thanks to a £3,600 Lottery grant.

Swaledale Museum in Reeth was awarded the grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund's Awards for All scheme, to support its Swaledale Voices project, which will record the voices of Richmondshire folk for future generations to hear.

A team of volunteers at the museum will be trained by the British Oral History Society to interview people about their recollections of local life.

The scheme, which follows on from other oral history projects elsewhere in the Yorkshire Dales, is the brainchild of the Friends of Swaledale Museum and has been developed with the assistance of Richmondshire District Council's Museum Development Officer Julie Biddlecombe.

"Swaledale Voices is a fantastic project that will help preserve another piece of Richmondshire's unique heritage for future generations,” explained Julie. "It's great to know that hundreds of years from now, people will be able to turn back the clock and hear first hand how we lived our lives in the early 21st century!"

The museum plans to make the recordings accessible to all via listening posts so that visitors and researchers have easy access to this wealth of information. The project will take place throughout 2008 and it is hoped that the listening posts will be in place towards the end of the year.


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