Introducing History Hear - oral memories of Herne Hill

Herne Hill is fortunate in that there are already several excellent publications by the Herne Hill Society describing the history of the area. But we know of no formal collection of audio recordings on the subject. Our project aims to fill that gap, and to make new recordings available to a wide audience, including younger people. Our aim is to collect and share short recordings about aspects of life in Herne Hill long gone - as well as memorable recent events such as celebrations and floods. We would like to interview people who have lived or worked here over a long period and are able to tell us about the pubs, shops, schools, churches, velodrome, lido and people associated with them, as well as past events that would be of interest to others.

This project is being taken forward by the Herne Hill Forum in partnership with the Herne Hill Society and other local groups. Interviews will be conducted by volunteers, some of whom have already received training through the British Library. Recordings will be edited so that the content and themes can be shared through websites, and other media such as CDs or DVDs. A small start-up budget is available but if the need for wider work emerges then additional funds may be sought. Our aim is that the material will ultimately be deposited with Lambeth and Southwark Archives. This project is led by a small team of volunteers and is still at an early stage – many aspects will be developed as work progresses. We are keen to make contact with individuals and organisations who might be interested in participating and who wish to learn more about what is involved and how they can help. As well as people who might be interviewed, we would also like to hear from anyone locally with relevant interviewing experience or audio or video editing skills. We are also keen to have copies of photos of Herne Hill taken after 1930 that we can use to prompt memories.

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