Oral history files at museum updated

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THREE enthusiastic history students from Chichester University are helping Emsworth Museum build up its oral history archive.

The mature students are undertaking an Oral History module as part of their degree course at the university and helping out at the museum under the supervision of Margaret Rogers and Sylvia Courtnage.

The museum project involves collecting oral history interviews from local residents with interesting memories of life in Emsworth in past decades.

Margaret Rogers said: “The museum has recently started recording interviews on video and the students’ help means that we can tackle subjects more quickly.

“In the first session we showed the students how to start work by practising interviews. They’ll also be transcribing some past interviews and helping out on new ones.”

Student, Liz Slater, said: “You’re keeping history alive in Emsworth.”

The museum is keen to hear from more people who have stories of old Emsworth or memories about local community groups to share. Please contact the museum on 01243 378091.

For more information about the museum, which is above the fire station in North Street, visit www.emsworthmuseum.co.uk.