Information provided by Elmbridge Museum
Outline of the project
Project to record interviews with current or former Elmbridge residents about their Second World War memories.
Participants, either people who experienced the war themselves and have first-hand memories of it, or people who did not experience the war but can talk about family stories of it (e.g. someone who has a parent who worked in Vickers and can recount this parent’s experiences).
Parts of these interviews will be put on Elmbridge Museum’s website, sorted by the different war themes the clips cover. The public will be able to listen to these recordings to add a personal angle to their understanding of Elmbridge at war, and the content of the WW2 exhibition.
Residents who have contributed will be able to compare their own memories to others in the community and make a valuable contribution to the museum’s collection and output in the upcoming January 2020 exhibition.
Where & when?
Interviews to take place in Elmbridge Borough Council’s Civic Centre, or in the participant’s home if this is necessary.
Times and dates for interviews in working hours between Monday and Thursday to be arranged with the interviewees individually.
What will happen to the interviews once they are completed?
Clips from the interviews will be made available on Elmbridge Museum’s website as sound bites (each roughly a minute to two minutes long). Participants will have a say over what parts are put online if they so wish. Clips can be anonymous if required.
The entire, full interviews will be stored in Elmbridge Museum’s own files. These, along with contact details, will be stored, but if at any point in the future participants wish for their interviews to be taken offline or deleted in full then this could be done. Permission forms will give a full explanation and further details on this.
After completion, interviewees will be given a full copy of their sound recording and a transcript. Transcripts and summaries of interviews will be kept alongside the recordings in the museum’s Local Studies room.
Cllr Janet Turner, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said, “The Museum wants to bring an exhibition that brings the residents’ experiences of WW2 Elmbridge to life. Using soundbites is an innovative approach and a great way of preserving the very precious memories of the resilient residents who did their bit for the war effort. I can’t wait to hear all the testimonies. They will create a fantastic heritage and form valuable learning tools for the wider community”.
HOW TO TAKE PART
If you want to take part in this project or have any further queries, please contact Elmbridge Museum at
01372 474 568, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.