Coastal Communities Oral History Project

 

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The Oral History project will capture the development of the caravan parks and how Romney Marsh attracted holiday makers to become full time residents. There is a wealth of historical information in the area and through this project we will be able to preserve this for the future generations of Marsh Residents.

Coastal Communities Oral History Project contributes to Rediscover project theme.

 
There will be opportunities for people to be trained in interviewing techniques as well as editing. We will be looking to the community to help capture the memories of their family, friends and neighbours.

The New Coastal Communities project is looking for local people who would like to be involved in capturing memories and experiences about life on the Marsh and how the tourism industry grew over the last century. If you would like to be part of this exciting project and are interested in either being interviewed or becoming an interviewer please contact  rib.davis@kentwildlife.org.uk for further information. 

Visit the volunteering page to find out more about getting involved with Fifth Continent projects.

2020
Feb 2020

Tourism Past & Present

Tourism E&J Piper Caravans

E & J Piper Caravan Park have offered to host a few interviews with their staff and their regular holiday makers to the site. We hope this will show the change across the years in tourism on the marsh.

Feb 2020

Call for photos for the Oral History Project booklet

Producing the Oral History booklet requires a large number of historic photographs to help bring alive the interviews. We are therefore asking for your help in sourcing photos that you may already hold. We are willing to pay to digitalise the treasured memories and then return the originals (along with a copy of the digital file).

Jan 2020

Booklet research & design begins

We are now summarising the current log of interviews to be able to use this research in the creation of the booklet. In the booklet the chapters and layout are still yet to be decided, so there is lots to get involved in.      

2019
Nov 2019

Call for volunteers!

We are now looking for volunteers to participate in the design and production of the Oral History booklet. Please get in contact with Craig. Jobs to include research, layout design, planning and distribution

Jun 2019

Interviews halfway there!

Second talk to the Lydd CARM group took place in June. Members got to listen to their interviews and those of other prominent figures in the local community. These interviews have helped us to reach beyond halfway towards our target of 50 interviews, without any sign of slowing!

Mar 2019

Coastal Lives talk

Our oral historian gave a talk to members of the Lydd CARM group about the Coastal Lives project, which was very well received with people expressing an interest to be interviewed.

2018
Dec 2018

Interviewers out and about

The interviewers are out and about capturing memories of life on the Marsh.  If you have childhood memories about holidaying on the Marsh or want to share with us your experiences about life in the coastal communities please get in touch.

Jun 2018

Interviewers trained

Eight volunteers attended the training and are now preparing to start interviewing local people.  If you have childhood memories about holidaying on the Marsh or want to share with us your experiences about life in the coastal communities please get in touch.

May 2018

Training – Collecting Oral History

A 1-day training session on collecting oral history is taking place twice in late May. See What’s On page for details.

May 2018

Presentation – 100 Years of Tourism

16 May – Presentation by Christine Waterman looking into the history of how the Marsh became a popular holiday destination. See What’s On for more details.

Apr 2018

Training in collecting oral history

A 1-day training in collecting oral history is being prepared, with the event being organised to take place twice in late May. See What’s On page for details.  

Feb 2018

Research has started

Research into the origins of the Caravan Parks and Coastal communities is currently being carried out, prior to interviews getting started.

Update Feb 2018:

Research into the origins of the Caravan Parks and Coastal communities is currently being carried out, prior to interviews getting started.

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It is planned to create a number of short films about Romney Marsh during the life of the scheme and this will include recording the progress of the projects. Go to the film footage page to get details of the films we have produced so far.

 

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To find out more including how to get involved contact the project team.