How often have you sat with an elderly neighbour or an aunt who talks about the 'good old days' and what life was like in Watford, when Cassiobury Park still had its gates, you could drive a car all the way down the High Street and everyone looked out for their neighbours?
These memories are too good to lose and need to be preserved. Specially trained volunteers will be interviewing Watford residents to cover their memories of life in the town during the 1940s and 1950s. Subjects covered will range from wartime, childhood and family life, through to work and leisure activities. The residents recollections will be captured by digital recordings.
Initially the interviews will be carried out with West Watford residents' memories group at West Watford Community Association and the West Watford History Society. The purpose of the project is not only to preserve these memories, but in partnership with Watford Museum, developing an audio archive programme to be made available to the public. In addition the recordings can be transcribed for use on various local history websites. It is hoped that more people will eventually come forward to record their own memories of life in the town, continuing to build the archive at the museum...[read more]