Village Halls Heritage project kicks off with Oral History training

9th Sep 2021

Village Halls Heritage project kicks off with Oral History training

After being put on hold during the pandemic our Village Halls Heritage project has restarted. The first cohort of volunteers have completed their training in oral history recording delivered by Northumberland Archives, partners in our project.

10 volunteers from village halls across Northumberland took part, learning how to create a lasting legacy for their community. They listened to examples of oral history recordings, things to consider, what questions to ask, and had practice sessions using the digital recorders. Their next task is to go out into their communities having identified people to interview about experiences of their local village hall over the years. We're particularly keen to record people's recent memories of Covid and how that impacted their village halls use.

This is the first event of our two-year Village Halls Heritage project to preserve, record and share the heritage of Northumberland’s Village Halls. 30 village halls have signed up to take part and will receive training, a small grant and support.

All village halls in Northumberland are welcome to join the Facebook group where we will be sharing our heritage stories and photos. So if you have memories, documents and old photos from your hall please come and share them with us!

Find out more about the Village Halls Heritage Project