Oral Histories – Recordings and Transcriptions

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To find out what life was like in Cockermouth in the first half of the 20th Century, we trained volunteers in oral history techniques and sent them out to record interviews with some of Cockermouth’s oldest citizens, currently living in 4 local care homes.

To stimulate the residents’ memories, we first took in a small exhibition relating to Cockemouth’s WWI experiences and left it on display in each care home for a week. We then returned with a collection of WWI objects, to talk to residents about their memories. We identified around a dozen people to record and have transcribed those interviews which will now form part of the Heritage Group’s historical archive.

To read some of their stories, or for more information, please contact: cockermouthheritagegroup@outlook.com