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Recording Droitwich Spa's past
4:00pm Wednesday 16th October 2013 in News
A UNIQUE project to create a history archive for Droitwich Spa is now well underway.
Volunteers running the Our Droitwich project celebrated six months of research and recordings at a special event on Wednesday, October 16.
People gathered at Droitwich Library’s gallery room, Victoria Square, to find out about the successful work that has already been carried out.
The project aims to record the stories and memories of Droitwich residents who’ve witnessed the massive expansion of the town since the late 1950s. The Our Droitwich initiative began thanks to Heritage Lottery funding of £10,000 and continued after other funds from Droitwich Area Partnership and Droitwich Spa Town Council. It has also received support from Worcestershire County Council, which lets volunteers use its sites for free.
Members have already collected a host of memories of what it’s been like to live in a town with a population that has risen from 6,000 to 26,000 in just 50 years. The team has also gathered recorded insights from people who can remember when Chawson and Westlands were just fields and the current library was the town’s cinema.
At the event, oral history producer Julia Letts spoke to guests and played examples of recordings already collected. These included memories of the town’s former cinema, the brine baths and the families that moved to the town from Birmingham.
She said: “We hope you will see how important it will be for the town and our youngsters in the future.
“Oral history is the only way to record these little details. We want to look at the changing face of Droitwich Spa.”
Project chairman Ian Parkhill said: “I’m amazed at how far we have come so quickly. The volunteers have all done a brilliant job but you can also see why they need as much help as possible from the town. There is so much to record and so many interesting memories to capture.”
Anyone who can volunteer to support the project or has any stories to tell should contact Sue Broome on 01299 251512.
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