With an increasing demand on affordable housing being built, there is a rising interest in the previous experience of building large communities such as the New Towns.
Stevenage Museum has, in partnership with the Dacorum Heritage Trust and Welwyn Hatfield Museum Service, received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to record new oral history interviews and publish existing interviews to create a website available for schools, planners and community groups to share and access the experience of community building in Hemel Hempstead, Hatfield and Stevenage.
We are currently looking for volunteers to help at events, conduct interviews and transcribe and research archival and visual material for the website. Training in all aspects will be provided, so what we need form volunteers is a commitment to work independently and in groups to help deliver the community aspect of the project. The project runs through 2014 and will be completed in September of 2015. Stevenage has a strong community history which is recorded in existing oral history interviews. We hope to add to this and record how resident’s societies and organisations helped build and define the local networks and experience.
You can contact us at Stevenage Museum for further information about how to get involved. The first public event for the project will be a talk and sharing audio and film clips at Stevenage Museum on 25 January 2014 at 1 pm and 2 pm.
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