Somerset Working Memories: The ‘Home in Frome’ Oral History Project

By Sonja Harris and John Payne

Issue 26, Winter/Spring 2013 pp 37-42

“This article is intended as an exercise in‘reflective practice’ rather than a piece of academic writing. It describes an innovative and successful oral history project at Frome in Somerset, which resulted in the publication of a book called Working Memories, reviewed elsewhere in this edition of Regional Historian. The article covers the background to the project; the choice of sample of 90 people interviewed; the collection of photos and memorabilia; the editing of the interviews; how oral history relates to other forms of history; and some substantive and methodological conclusions that might be drawn from the project”.

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