Wolds wartime memories wanted

Down Your Wold
Down Your Wold

Memories that could be lost forever are to be recorded for posterity.

People are being invited to share and capture Lincolnshire Wolds wartime memories as part of a joint protect coordinated by Down Your Wold and Lincolnshire Remembrance: Memories and Memorials community heritage projects.

The Lincolnshire Wolds Wartime Memories project team is welcoming people to come forward if they are interested in taking part in oral history training, which involves using special equipment and techniques to gather people’s wartime memories. The project is also keen to hear from people who have a story to tell or who may know a neighbour or friend who has wartime accounts or anecdotes.

Many memories will be used in a special Lincolnshire Wolds in Wartime exhibition, supported by Louth Town Council, which will take place at The Sessions House, Louth on September 13 during the national Heritage Open Days initiative. Recordings will also be available online.

Sam Phillips, Down Your Wold Project Officer, said: “Oral history is extremely valuable and helps bring the past to life. Volunteers will be playing a very important role in preserving Lincolnshire’s history.”

The first oral history training event will take place on Monday April 7 in Louth from 10.30am to 4pm. Spaces are limited so booking is essential through Cath Pike by calling 01522 554959 or by emailing cathryn.pike@lincolnshire.gov.uk by Thursday April 3.

Anyone wanting more information about Down Your Wold can contact Sam Phillips on 01507 609740, email sam.phillips@lincsheritage.org or visit www.down-your-wold.co.uk.

Lincolnshire Remembrance: Memories and Memorials is a county-wide community focussed volunteer project to record war memorials and discover the stories of the people commemorated. The results will be shared in a searchable database accessed through the Lincs to the Past website. The project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Armed Forces Community Covenant Grant programme and Lincolnshire County Council. More information can be found at www.lincstothepast.co.uk/warmemorials. The project officer Cath Pike can be contacted via warmemorials@lincolnshire.gov.uk or by telephone (01522 554959)

Down Your Wold is a community heritage project to inspire Wolds residents to discover, explore and uncover the hidden heritage of the Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service. The project is hosted by Heritage Lincolnshire. More information can be found at www.down-your-wold.co.uk. The project officer, Sam Phillips, can be contacted via sam.phillips@lincsheritage.org or by telephone 01507 609740.