Between 1995 and 2003 John Brucker organised an oral recording project for the Society. John, along with volunteers, interviewed and recorded sixty Kidlington people about their experiences of living and working in the village. This is a valuable source of material for the history of the area, and copies of the recordings have also been placed in the Oxfordshire History Centre. It is hoped to produce a book of some of the recordings. Unfortunately due to ill-health John had to withdraw from the project and I said, rather rashly, I would take it over. Since then my own ill-health and lack of time has meant nothing has been happening.
In August it is hoped to restart the project, I have a number of people that I would like to interview but I need more names so suggestions would be welcomed.
Also I need volunteers to help me in this.
WHAT IT WOULD MEAN
You would interview the person at a venue chosen by you both using the Society’s digital recorder (instruction given) and then pass the recorder either to myself or Henry Brougham for it to be downloaded and a copy sent to the Oxfordshire History Centre and another copy will be placed in our archives. A photograph of the person would be ideal.
The interviewee would need to give permission for their talk to be in the public domain and for this we have a form for them to sign.
The interviews can take as long as you like or how much the interviewee is happy to say.
All this would probably take an hour or two – perhaps once every three/four months.
You wish to take part please contact me on 01865-376173 (answer phone) or by email:
THANK YOU. Norma