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Aberdeenshire Library and Information Service, Local Studies Department
Ayrshire Archives
East Dunbartonshire Council Information & Archives
Fife Council Archive Centre
Friends of the Falconer Museum
Museum of the Royal Highland Fusiliers

The Orkney Library and Archive
West Lothian Local History Library

Collection websites contain:
 Transcripts / Summaries  Audio files              Video files            

 

Aberdeenshire Library and Information Service, Local Studies Department
Meldrum Meg Way, The Meadows Industrial Estate, Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire, AB51 0GN
Contact: David Catto, Local Studies Librarian
Telephone: 01651 871219/220 Fax: 01651 872142
Email: local.studies@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

Collection description:
The collection held by Aberdeenshire Library and Information Service Local History Department aims to provide comprehensive coverage of all aspects of Aberdeenshire, history, geography, biography, literature and culture. The principle collections consist of books, newspapers, maps and microfilm material (primarily genealogical, parish registers and census).

Recordings relating to World War II:
1 collection containing the recollections of 21 people  (Recordings are solely focused on wartime experiences)

Subjects covered:
Home Front German Prisoner of War (in Allied camps) Italian Prisoner of War (in Allied camps)

Format of recordings:
Audio - all or some with transcripts
Access:
The recordings are available for general use in the Department. We strongly recommend that the Department is contacted in advance. There is no charge for accessing the material. The Department is open Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm, Saturday 9am - 4.30pm. There is full disabled access.
Current status: The collection is still under development

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Ayrshire Archives
Contact: Dr C. Lodge, Principal Archivist
Telephone: 01292 287584 Fax: 01292 284918
Email: archives@south-ayrshire.gov.uk 

Collection description:
The archive contains two major oral history collections, both of which include recordings relating to the Second World War, mostly focusing on experiences of the Home Front.

Recordings relating to World War II:
18 (Includes recordings solely focused on wartime experience & life histories which include references to wartime experiences)

Subjects covered:
Home Front British Army (Northern Europe)  German Prisoner of War (in Allied camps)

Format of recordings:
Audio
Access:
Contact the Archive for details of access

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East Dunbartonshire Council Information & Archives
2-4 West High Street, Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire, G66 1AD
Contact: David Catto, Local Studies Librarian
Telephone: 0141 775 4574 Fax: 0141 776 0408
Email: archives@eastdunbarton.gov.uk   

Collection description:
East Dunbartonshire Archives exists to collect, preserve and make available to the public the records of East Dunbartonshire. Archive holdings date back to the 15th century, and include documents, photographs, maps, plans, and audio-visual material.

The oral history contributors were all local people from the East Dunbartonshire area. During the war they lived in either Bishopbriggs, Kirkintilloch, Milton of Campsie or Glasgow. The strength of the collection lies in the details the contributors recall of life on the Home Front in these areas.

Recordings relating to World War II:
17 (Recordings are solely focused on wartime experiences)

Subjects covered:
Home Front Evacuees

Format of recordings:
Audio - all or some with transcripts
Access:
For information on accessing these recordings please contact Information & Archives.
Related products:
A pack was produced for schools in the area featuring documents, photographs, and oral histories relating to the Home Front in East Dunbartonshire 1939-1945. For further information please contact Information & Archives.
Current status: The collection is no longer under development

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Fife Council Archive Centre
Carleton House, Haig Business Park, Balgonie Road, Markinch, Fife KY7 6AQ
Contact: Andrew Dowsey, Archivist
Telephone: 01592 583352 Fax:
Email: archive.enquiries@fife.gov.uk

Collection description:
The Archive Centre holds the 'Scotspeak Sound Archive' which includes oral history interviews, recorded reminisence sessions and recordings of commemorative / historic events.

Recordings relating to World War II:
c.15 (Includes recordings solely focused on wartime experience & life histories which include references to wartime experiences)

Subjects covered:
Home Front British Army (Northern Europe)

Format of recordings:
Audio - all or some with transcripts
Access:
See website for details

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Friends of the Falconer Museum                                                                         
The Catkins, 19 Knockomie Gardens, Forres, Moray, IV36 2TN
Contact: Chris Bridgeford, Secretary
Email: friends@falconermuseum.co.uk

Collection description: 
The Friends of the Falconer Museum hold a collection of recordings about living in the 20th century. This covers many aspects including some on living through WWII.

Recordings relating to World War II: 
7 (Life histories which include references to wartime experiences)

Subjects covered:
Home Front Evacuees British Army (Northern Europe)  German Prisoner of War (in Allied camps)

Format of recordings:
Audio - all or some with transcripts
Access:
Some are/will be available online as podcasts. The whole collection including one from a German POW can be accessed at The Falconer Museum, Forres or from the Secretary of The Friends of The Falconer Museum.
Current status: The collection is still under development

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Museum of the Royal Highland Fusiliers
HHQRHF, 518 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, Strathclyde, G2 3LW
Contact: Mr AB Leishman, Admin Officer
Telephone: 0141 3320961 Fax: 0141 353 1493
Email: sandy@rhf.org.uk

Collection description:
Major John A Bowie MC 2nd RSF (The Elbe and Italy)
Pte Harold A Shippey RSF & Lancashire Fusiliers (Chindits)
Lt Col Richard Bromley-Gardner MC 2ND HLI (Western Desert)
Major John H Duncan MC 2nd RSF (Madagascar)
Lt Col William Douglas MC 11th RSF (Normandy with 49th West Riding Div)
Pte Phillip Stein 2nd HLI (Describes German POW's)
The collection is a series of recollection by former soldiers of our Regiment - it's purpose it to inform and entertain.

Recordings relating to World War II:
6 (Recordings solely focused on wartime experience)

Subjects covered:
British Army (Northern Europe)  British Army (North Africa / Italy) British Army (Burma / India) Prisoners of War (in German / Italian camps)

Format of recordings:
Audio - no transcripts
Video - no transcripts

Access:
The Audio content is an integral part of the museum display and can be listened to by anyone visiting the museum. The videos are part of the archive and we would require notice to make them available, a small donation would be asked for.
Current status: The collection is not presently under development but this is under consideration
Additional notes:
The collection is specific to our antecedent Regiments, and is an exellent source for local and national historians or enthusiasts

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The Orkney Library & Archive
44 Junction Road, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1AG
Contact: Lucy Gibbon, Assistant Archivist
Telephone: 01856 873166 Fax:
Email: lucy.gibbon@orkneylibrary.org.uk

Collection description:
The collection at Orkney Library & Archive includes many oral history recordings of Radio Orkney
Programmes and individual interviews relating to the second world war. The recordings are on cassettes and reel-to-reels, and it is intend for these to be converted onto CDs when funding is secured.

Recordings relating to World War II:
44 (Includes recordings solely focused on wartime experience & life histories which include references to wartime experiences)

Subjects covered:
Home Front British Army (Northern Europe) British Army (N. Africa / Italy) British Army (Burma / India) Royal Air Force Royal Navy Prisoners of War (in German / Italian camps) Norwegian Resistance

Format of recordings:
Audio
Access:
Contact the Library for details.
Additional comments:
The archive is particularly strong on recordings relating to the effect of the war on Orkney, including the sinking of HMS Royal Oak in 1939 and Italian POWs.   

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West Lothian Local History Library
Hopefield Road, Blackburn, West Lothian, EH47 7HZ
Contact: Sybil Cavanagh, Local History Librarian
Telephone: 01506 776331 Fax: 01506 776345
Email: sybil.cavanagh@westlothian.gov.uk

Collection description:
West Lothian History and Amenity Society - Where were you when Spitfires flew? Life on the Home Front: a collection of stories by some of the West Lothian residents who kept the home fires burning, compiled by members of the West Lothian History and Amenity Society. (WLHAS, 2005) Library classification number - WL 940.531
(Booklet based on oral history recordings of local people on their experiences mainly on the Home Front during the Second World War. The oral history recordings on which the booklet is based were not retained.) A fuller summary of each interview is also available for reference at the West Lothian Local History Library. A DVD with clips of interviews with some of the interviewees is also available for loan from the Library.
Workers' Education Association 60 - WEA voices, 60 years on: the People's War in Scotland 1939-45. Library Classification Number - WL. 940.531
(Booklet based on oral history recordings with old people in Alness, Glasgow and West Lothian, concerning their experiences of the Home Front during the Second World War. An audio CD accompanies the booklet.)

Recordings relating to World War II:
2 products (see above)

Subjects covered:
Home Front

Format of recordings:
Printed booklets with DVD / CD
Access:
By coming to the library, or by applying for a loan of the CD / DVD through the Inter-Library Loan system. Not available for purchase, only for loan. No charge for use.

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