Oral Histories – Recordings and Transcriptions

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To find out what life was like in Cockermouth in the first half of the 20 Century, we trained up volunteers in oral history techniques and sent them out to record interviews with some of Cockermouths 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 groups historical archive.

To hear some of their stories, Please contact cockermouthheritagegroup@outlook.com if you would like further information.