Beaford Arts has received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to interview 80 people from rural North Devon over the next 2 years. The focus of these interviews is to capture changes in rural life.
Do you, or someone you know, remember how it used to be in the farms and communities of North Devon?
In the lifespan of those around us so much has changed:
• vehicles and machinery,
• trades and work skills,
• communication, education
• shops and markets,
• travel and leisure time,
• families, home life, clothes and even the foods we eat.
Perhaps you know someone skilled in a particular trade? Blacksmith, thatcher, cobbler, wheelwright, cider-maker, tailor, undertaker, baker, butcher, teacher, musician, farmer. We've even heard mention of village stonecrackers and lamplighters.
Or perhaps individuals who have always been at the heart of village life?
Want to help us record Oral Histories?
are you interested in people's stories?
do you listen well?
can you prompt people to talk?
are you able to travel around North Devon?
We are looking for volunteers to help us collect and store local memories. We are particularly interested in recording changes in rural life across North Devon, linked to the beautiful Beaford Archive of photography.
Specific tasks will include:
• planning topics to cover in interviews
• organising and assembling essential paperwork
• meeting with and interviewing people
• listening to the recordings and creating topic summary sheets
• distilling 'keywords' for cataloguing
Full training in all of these will be provided. We can also cover transport costs.