Help develop a digital archive of historic Harlow interviews

Communities / Mon 18th Aug 2014 at 03:32pm

THE Essex Sound and Video Archive needs your help before a treasure house of fascinating local interviews can be copied digitally and shared more widely.

To develop the You Are Hear: Sound and a Sense of Place project, the team needs permission from those interviewed, or their family members, or else the fascinating material can’t be used.

If an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund is successful, the grant will fund the digitisation and cataloguing of some of the archive’s recordings.

County Councillor John Jowers, Cabinet Member for Libraries, Communities and Planning, said: “Some of the interviews we hold were collected many years ago, so the accompanying paperwork authorising our use of the recordings is not always as complete as it should be. To help us get permission to use the interviews, we are calling for anyone who might feature in our collections, or who knows any of our interviewees, to get in touch. Any information, however vague, will be of help. We hope that making these recordings accessible will allow people to gain a greater sense of place and pride in the county’s rich heritage.”

The list of interviews for which the Essex Sound and Video Archive needs permission is available online at http://www.essexrecordofficeblog.co.uk/you-are-hear.

It includes interviewees in Basildon, Burnham-on-Crouch, Chelmsford, Clacton-on-Sea, Coggeshall, Colchester, Epping, Great Baddow, Great Chesterford, Great Dunmow, Harlow, Harwich, Kelvedon, Saffron Walden and Southend.

The list features teachers, a chimney sweep, a former Tiller Girl dancer, farm workers, a former Police Chief Superintendent, a cinema organist, former mayors, and domestic servants, among others.

Those able to help identify interviewees should contact Sarah-Joy Maddeaux on 01245 244604 or email [email protected].

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