On reflection my involvement with oral history began, albeit unwittingly, when I was given a reel to reel tape recorder as a present for my fourteenth birthday. I fondly remember my first ‘interview’ when I recorded my grandmother recalling her childhood memories in her beautiful soft Somerset voice. From an even earlier age I became fascinated with tape recording from watching on black and white T.V. how the BBC made radio programmes. This fired my childhood imagination and an old shoe box became my make believe tape recorder attached to a long piece of string tied to a stick which was my microphone. This early fascination with sound recording led eventually to me joining the BBC and many wonderful years in radio, working on both sides of the microphone. When I retired from the BBC and reluctant to ‘hang up the microphone’ I joined the OHS, immersed myself in oral history – and I love it! As an OHS regional networker in the south west I am privileged to be involved with numerous wonderful oral history projects – many over the years and I am delighted to offer my help, advice and training to anyone or any group embarking on oral history.
South West Region (Garry Tregidga) For 2019-2020 Oral History featured prominently in the Eglosyow Morek Kernow (Cornish Maritime Churches) project that was funded through the Young Roots scheme of the former Heritage Lottery. A team of young
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