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Bridport Museum Trust

Cornwall Record Office
Dorset History Centre
Fairford History Society
Gloucestershire Archives

The Hypatia Trust
Isles of Scilly Museum

Jersey Heritage
Jersey War Tunnels

Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon
Newton Abbot Town & GWR Museum

North Devon Record Office
Plymouth and West Devon Records Office
Poole Museum
Somerset Record Office

Stroud District Museum Service (The Museum in the Park)

Teignmouth & Shaldon Museum (Teign Heritage)
Totnes Elizabethan Museum Study Centre
Yate & District Heritage Centre

Collection websites contain:
 Transcripts / Summaries  Audio files              Video files            

 

Bridport Museum Trust / Spinning Yarns                                                      
The Coach House, Gundry Lane, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3RJ
Contact: Alice Martin, Curator
Telephone: 01308 458703 Fax:
Email: curator@bridportmuseum.co.uk

Collection description:
Spinning Yarns oral history collection - alphabetically archived - was created through a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to record the memories of the people of Bridport and the surrounding areas. The Spinning Yarns website contains a small number of audio clips and edited transcripts from the collection.

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

Subjects covered:
Home Front • Evacuees • British Army • Royal Navy • POWs (in German/Italian camps) • WAAF (Women's Auxiliary Air Force) • WRNS (Women's Royal Naval Service) • ATS (Auxiliary Territorial Service) • Women's Land Army • Canadian Armed Forces • American Armed Forces • Italian POWs (in Allied camps) • Italian Home Front

Format of recordings:
Audio - all or some with transcripts
Video - no transcripts

Access:
Recordings can be accessed at the Museums local History Centre Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursdays 10am-1pm & 2pm-4pm. Selective recordings are also available in the museums multi-media gallery. Prior booking is advisable and no charges apply at this time.

Related products:
'Dorset at War' Education packs for Key stage 2 - soon to be reviewed on our website (uploading on the 25th of March) which will be available to order from the Coach House or purchased from the museum shop. The Packs include teachers worksheets, activity sheets and a DVD with interactive activities.

Current status: Collection is still being developed

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Cornwall Record Office
Old County Hall, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 3AY
Contact: The County Archivist
Telephone: 01872 323127 Fax: 01872 322292
Email: cro@cornwall.gov.uk

Collection description:
The Cornwall Record Office holds a small number of oral history recordings, some of which refer to wartime experiences in Cornwall and other areas of the UK.

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

Subjects covered:
Home Front • Evacuees • WRNS (Women's Royal Naval Service)

Format of recordings:
Audio

Access:
Contact the Cornwall Record Office for details.

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Dorset History Centre
Bridport Road, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1RP
Telephone: 01305 250550 Fax: 01305 257184
Email: archives@dorsetcc.gov.uk  

Collection description:
The Dorset History Centre collection includes the Dorset Sound Archive. This contains a large number of recordings relating to the experiences of local people during the Second World War, and those of people stationed in the area during this time. Of particular note are the large number of recordings of American veterans, many concerning experiences of D Day. For detailed information on the collection, see the A2A site.

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

Subjects covered:
Home Front • Evacuees • British Army (Northern Europe) • British Army (Burma / India) • Royal Navy • Royal Air Force • POWs (in German/Italian camps) • WRNS • ATS (Auxiliary Territorial Service) • Women's Land Army • Canadian Armed Forces • American Armed Forces • Holocaust related • Home Guard • Medical Services / VADs • Dutch Resistance

Format of recordings:
Audio - all or some with transcripts

Access:
Please contact the History Centre for details.

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Fairford History Society                                                                                   
Contact: Mr G. Bishop
Telephone: 01285 711768 Fax:
Email: fhs@cotswoldwireless.co.uk

Collection description:
The Fairford History Society Oral History Group have been recording the recollections of local people since 2004. Many of the recordings relate to the history of Fairford, and this includes recollections of wartime incidents and the RAF base. There are two main recordings which concentrate on wartime memories, namely  June Lewis-Jones (Fairford at War) and Tony Rogers who served in the Polish Army. He was captured by the Russians in 1939 and sent to a labour camp in Siberia.  He was imprisoned for two years and was released in 1941 and escaped from Russia via Tehran, Bombay, Capetown, Sierra Leone and finally reached Liverpool in 1942.  He went on to join the Polish Airforce and flew many times into Germany. His experiences
 are captured vividly on the recording. There are other recordings that include WW11 comments.  These are by Betty Cook (CD18/19),  Peter Egerton, Phil and Liz Hope (CD23) and AGM2005(CD2). The Society website includes excerpts of some of these recordings in MP3 format.

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

Subjects covered:
Home Front • Polish Armed Forces

Format of recordings:
Audio

Access:
Please contact the Society for details. Their recordings can be purchased for £3 per CD.

Current status: Collection is still being developed

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Gloucestershire Archives
Clarence Row, Alvin Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 3DW
Contact: Heather Forbes, County & Diocesan Archivist
Telephone: 01452 425295 Fax: 01452 426378                    
Email: archives@gloucestershire.gov.uk
Web: www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/archives

Collection description:
"The Century Speaks" a collection of oral history interviews of Gloucestershire people made by the BBC in 1998-1999 as part of their nationwide project to mark the millenium: About 34 of the 130 interviews refer to World War Two

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

Subjects covered:
Home Front • WAAF (Women's Auxiliary Air Force) • Conscientious Objector • German Home Front

Format of recordings:
Audio - all or some with transcripts

Access:
Most of the interviews can be accessed without appointment, during our opening hours. A few of the interviews are subject to closure restrictions, and permission to access these would have to be sought from the depositor.

Current status: The collection is no longer being developed
Additional notes:
Many of the recordings relate to some of the above subject categories, although the person being interviewed does not necessarily fall into them. e.g several of the contributors talk about their memories of German Jewish refugees. In addition there are many interviews which contrast life before and after the second world war. The interview with the "Tommy Bride" includes her experiences as a child on a large family on farm in East Germany near the Polish border; the "Polish war" in 1939; fleeing as a family from the Russians in 1944 and the death of her father; and their life as refugees near Berlin.

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The Hypatia Trust
Trevelyan House, 16 Chapel Street, Penzance, Cornwall, TR18 4AW
Contact: Dr Melissa Hardie, Director
Telephone: 01736 366597 Fax: 01736 333307                 
Email: info@hypatia-trust.org.uk

Collection description:
The purpose of the collection was to recognise and celebrate the work of the women who worked in the Land Army in Cornwall during World War II. To do this we wished to interview and record the memories of those still remaining alive, no matter where they lived now. A Heritage Lottery Grant was obtained in order to facilitate the bringing together of the women, or the travelling necessary to interview as many as possible. An initial questionnaire was devised, following an extensive notification through magazines and newspapers -- calling all Land Army girls who had worked in Cornwall. Something over 100 women, their partners, and their carers replied, and approximately 80 written replies were achieved. Tea parties were held in 4 locations around the county and transport was arranged. Interviews were held either at the tea party for those who could attend, or in their private homes or care homes if that was more feasible. The interviewers were a retired teacher and a retired journalist, and approximately half of the respondents were individually interviewed on tape. Within the project as a whole, a film was also commissioned and made, and CDs in quantity developed. This film received an award in the Cornish Film Festival and is part of our archive. The final event was a rally for the Land Army and their families at a local theme park which has a major section (a street scene and shops, etc.) devoted to Cornwall in war-time. This was attended by more than 200 people and was a huge success. School children were involved in musical skits representing the women at work on the farms and in the timber camps.

Recordings relating to World War II: 
DVD (1), 20 tapes of interviews (Recordings are solely focused on wartime experiences)

Subjects covered:
Women's Land Army

Format of recordings:
Audio - all or some with transcripts
Video - no transcripts
DVD (included within)
Note: Questionnaires with basic personal information, correspondence with some of the women, photographs, badges, details of heritage project as a whole are also held in the collection.

Access:
By writing for appointment and visiting our premises. Personal information will not be revealed (addresses, etc.) as privacy is guaranteed and expected. There is no charge for listening to the tapes.

Related products: 
There is an educational display box available for use by schools.
Book: DIGGING FOR MEMORIES, The Women's Land Army in Cornwall, edited by Melissa Hardie, available via http://www.hypatia-trust.org.uk/ £12.50 post-free .
The DVD, directed by Barbara Santi, is also available at £10.
Current status: The collection is no longer being developed
Additional notes:
These are unique recordings, held by no-one else. Some of the interviewees have since died.

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Isles of Scilly Museum
Church St, Hugh Town, St Mary's, Isles of Scilly, TR21 0JT
Contact: A. Martin, Curator
Telephone: 01720 422 337 Fax:
Email: info@iosmuseum.org

Collection description:
We hold many books, photos, audiotapes etc, relating to WWII

Recordings relating to World War II:
Difficult to estimate as many recordings touch on a multiplicity of subjects.
(Includes recordings solely focused on wartime experiences and life histories which include references to wartime experiences)

Subjects covered:
Home Front • British Army Royal Navy • Royal Air Force Merchant Navy Prisoners of War (in German/Italian camps) • WAAF (Women's Auxiliary Air Force) ATS (Auxiliary Territorial Service) Women's Land Army German Prisoner of War (in Allied camps)

Format of recordings:
Audio - all or some with transcripts
Video - no transcripts
Access:
Access by pre-arrangement with the musuem curator. Tel. 01720 422 337
Current status: Collection is still under development

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Jersey Heritage                                                                                                      
Jersey Archive, Clarence Road, St Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands JE2 4JY
Contact: Stuart Nicolle, Archivist
Telephone: 01534 833336                      Fax: 01534 833301                       
Email: Stuart.Nicolle@jerseyheritage.org   

Collection description:
The Jersey Heritage Collection contains a substantial amount of recorded oral history relating to the German occupation of the Channel Islands. The full catalogue can be browsed at the website by clicking on 'Catalogues' and 'Archive'. A number of collections have been deposited, the most relevant being:

The Channel Islands Occupation Society (Jersey) have held meetings since the 1970s, and have recorded speakers relating to the Occupation.  This collection has been deposited at the Jersey Archive and the details are available to view online.  The details can be viewed at CIOS.

A number of recordings were made by the Education Department and were then deposited as the Jersey Sound Archive.  These recordings include a number of interviews which cover the wartime period.

The Jersey Heritage Collection also holds the BBC Radio Jersey Collection which includes some speakers talking about the occupation.  In particular there was a programme entitled Occupation which was made up of edited sound bites from people who experienced the Occupation - 18 programmes with different themes.

There are also a number of items that were recorded by Paul Sanders, who wrote a book called The Ultimate Sacrifice, relating to people who were sent to camps and died during the Occupation. 

The recordings in the archive cover a wide range of experiences, from interviews with civilians who lived through the Occupation; an Amercian POW (Dr Newell Youngren), captured during the Granville Raid in 1944; Belsen survivor Harold Le Druillenec; Spanish prisoner Francisco Font, who was held at the Lager Sylt concentration camp on Alderney; and German soldiers who were posted to the Islands during the Occupation.

Recordings relating to World War II: 
c.250 (Includes recordings solely focused on wartime experiences and life histories which include references to wartime experiences)

Subjects covered:
Home Front Evacuees  POWs (in German/Italian camps)  Holocaust related German Armed Forces  American Armed Forces

Format of recordings:
Audio
Video

Access:
Contact the Trust for details.

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Jersey War Tunnels
Les Charrieres de Malorey, St. Lawrence, Jersey, Channel Islands, JE3 1FU
Contact: Chris Addy, Collections Manager
Telephone: 01534 860808 Fax: 01534 860886
Email: chris.addy@jerseywartunnels.com

Collection description:
The Jersey War Tunnels audio-visual collection constitutes approximately 100 individual recordings on audio cassette and VHS tapes. The recordings have been gathered since 2000, originally for the key purpose of incorporating into interpretive displays, but since then on an ongoing basis towards upholding our core mission to preserve, record and present the story of Jersey's Occupation by German Forces 1940-1945. Beyond oral testimony, Jersey War Tunnels holds an Occupation-specific collection that includes items that relate to the civilian experience of the Occupation, both in terms of three dimensional objects and paperwork, a military collection that include weapons, uniforms, insignia and documentation, and a large photographic collection. Free access to collections, (both physical and through the Adlib database) archives and our Occupation library is available through the Research Centre. We continue to expand the collection largely through local donations, but on occassion with small purchases.

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

Subjects covered:
Home Front Evacuees British Army (Northern Europe) Royal Air Force (Fighter Command)  Holocaust related German Armed Forces  German POWs (in Allied camps)  
The largest majority of interviews relate to the civilian experience of the German Occupation. This includes Island residents, deportees, evacuees and forced labour brought to the island.

Format of recordings:
Audio - all or some with transcripts
Video - all or some with transcripts
Approximately 65% of our oral testimony recordings have been transcribed and can be accessed through the Adlib database.

Access:
Free access to the archive is granted through the Jersey War Tunnels Research Centre, via the Adlib database. Only minimal prior notice is required to avoid double booking time. Charges only apply to photocopying/printing and the use of collections-based material in publications.

Related products: 
None at the moment, although such initiatives are being considered.
Current status: The collection is still under development

Additional notes: 
The particular strenghts of the collection lie in the depth, range and detail in which the civilian experience of the German Occupation is covered. This relates to both historical events and themes that run through the retrospective analysis of the period.

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Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon
The Square, Barnstaple, Devon, EX32 8LN
Contact: Alison Mills, Community Heritage Officer (Arts and Museums)
Telephone: 01271 346747 Fax:             
Email: alison.mills@northdevon.gov.uk  

Collection description:
This Museum holds the following:
North Devon At War: about 30 tapes of people talking about the domestic front, the Yeomanry and the Devon Regiment. There are some accompanying small books.
Brannams, Barnstaple pottery manufacturer: The oral history material covers the Brannams factory-workers and the current Director were interviewed. A book was published by the Museum.
Litchdon Street Remembered (book published 2006): The interviews remain as part of the Museum archive for research and interest.
Shapland and Petter, Barnstaple furniture manufacturer: Part of a wider project to record the archives of this large local manufacturer. A book, Shapland and Petter of Barnstaple An Oral History, was published by the Museum, 64pp, 2005. The interviews are part of the Museum archive for research and interest.

Recordings relating to World War II:
30 plus probably mentions within the other tapes. (Includes recordings solely focused on wartime experiences and life histories which include references to wartime experiences)

Subjects covered:
Home Front

Format of recordings:
Audio - all or some with transcripts

Access:
Contact the Museum for details.

Related products: 
There are small booklets relating to our Second World War recordings but they are long out of print, but could be consulted by appointment at this Museum. There are also the books mentioned above in the collection description/
Current status: The collection no longer being developed

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Newton Abbot Town & GWR Museum
2a St Paul's Road, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 2HP
Contact: Mrs Felicity Cole, Curator
Telephone: 01626 201121 Fax: 01626 369674                    
Email: museum@newtonabbot-tc.gov.uk  

Collection description:
The oral archive collection has 22 ex-Great Western Railway mens recordings of life on the railways from the 1930's onwards. They relate to Newton Abbot and the the GWR as a whole. There are references to the War in 14 recordings.

This includes references to the bombing of Newton Abbot station (GWR 001, GWR 003, GWR 006, GWR 007, GWR 018); how the railway was used during Dunkirk (GWR 003); bombing of the centre of Bristol & Bristol raids (GWR 004, GWR 020); Rationing (GWR 005); Promotion during war time (006); First driver for Montgomery's Staff train (006); Major intake because of war (GWR 010); Female signalman - Margery Yeoman because of War (013); VE day - detonators on line to celebrate (013); RAF plane crashed into locomotive and pilot killed (GWR 020).

The purpose of the collection is to capture the GWR mens memories before they disappear. The museum runs an GWR mens club, called The Museum Link. 60 ex-GWR men attend, some have already been recorded and it is are intention to continue to build on the collection. The museum aslo intends to increase the oral recordings of the local communities memories of the town and its area in all aspects.

Recordings relating to World War II:
14 (Life histories with references to wartime experiences)

Subjects covered:
Home Front Experiences of Great Western Railway employees

Format of recordings:
Audio - all or some with transcripts

Access:
Researchers are welcome, prior notice is required. Museum opening times Mon-Thurs.10:00-4:00 Fridays: 10:00-12:00 (Saturdays transcripts/summaries could be made available, from 2:00-4:00 -after Easter, prior noticed required). Researchers can hear audio and read transcripts (still being transcribed in some cases) original summaries available for each recording. Donations welcomed for those wishing to publish the information, plus credit the museum collections. Copies of recordings can be negotiated.

Related products: 
Not at present, copies of the original unedited recordings can be ordered. (These include life history of GWR men as well as small references to War experiences).
Current status: The collection is still under development

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North Devon Record Office
North Devon Library & Record Office, Tuly St, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 1EL
Contact: Tim Wormleighton, Principal Archivist
Telephone: 01271 388608 Fax:                     
Email: ndevrec@devon.gov.uk

Collection description:
Main collections are -
Exmoor Oral History Project. General reminiscences including a large amount of information on life on Exmoor during World War Two (ref. NDRO.B723) - also held at Somerset Record Office
Ilfracombe Oral History Project. General reminiscences including some World War Two information (ref. NDRO.B692)
Winkleigh Oral History Project. General reminiscences including some World War Two information (ref. NDRO.B769)

Recordings relating to World War II:
3 main collections including about 30 individual recordings (Life histories which include references to wartime experiences) 

Subjects covered:
Home Front

Format of recordings:
Audio - all or some with transcripts

Access:
Recordings may be consulted for private study, educational use, etc subject to prevailing copyright regulations. Some are in compact disk format, others on minidisk. Prior notice is advisable.

Related products: 
Exmoor Oral History Project has an associated book, Reflections: Life Portraits of Exmoor. Details on the project website at www.somerset.gov.uk/exmoor.
Winkleigh Oral History Project has an associated book, It's Living History Isn't It?
Current status: The collection is still under development.

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Plymouth and West Devon Records Office
Unit 3, Clare Place, Coxside, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 0JW
Contact: Jo Gardner, Learning Officer
Telephone: 01752 305940 Fax: 01752 222196                
Email: pwdro@plymouth.gov.uk

Collection description:
Oral History Archive: World War II (ACC 3265/PCC/71)
The recordings and transcriptions were brought together for the 'People's Plymouth' exhibition at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery. Interviews with Plymouth residents covering the Plymouth Blitz, Anderson shelters and air raids. Destruction of houses and experience of living in a lorry. Women in the ATS. Working as a nurse. Training as a Royal Marine. Role of Air Wardens. Fire service. Land Girls based in Penzance. VE Day. Accounts of everyday life, rationing, school, black market food, weddings, American boyfriends, entertainment, transport.

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

Subjects covered:
Home Front • WRNS (Women's Royal Naval Service) • ATS (Auxiliary Territorial Service) • Women's Land Army • Royal Marines

Format of recordings:
Audio - all or some with transcripts

Access:
Public access to transcripts and recordings online will be available in time. No restrictions or prior notice. Contact the Records Office for more information.

Current status: The collection is still under development.
Additional notes:
Most of the recordings cover the memories of everyday life during and after the Plymouth Blitz. The interview with Bernard Bennett gives a particularly vivid account of incendiaries falling and the aftermath and destruction of different areas of Plymouth and how people dealt with the damage.

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Poole Museum                                    
4 High Street, Poole, BH15 1BW
Contact: David Watkins, Local History Manager
Telephone: 01202 262621
Email: d.watkins@poole.gov.uk

Collection description:
Chronologically archived material, mainly from cassette tape, now digitised.

Recordings relating to World War II: 12 (at October 2008)
Subjects covered:
D-Day • Flying Boats • Royal Air Force • Boatbuilding • Dorsetshire Regiment • Home Front
Format of recordings:
Audio - some with transcripts

Access: 
Recordings can be accessed at the Museum's Local History Centre Tuesday to Saturdays 10am-3pm.  Prior booking is advisable and no charges apply at this time.
Related products:  
Poole Museum's Learning Service has World War II loans boxes (with teachers' notes) and also runs World War II workshops. See www.boroughofpoole.com/museumlearning for more details.
Current status: The collection is still under development.

 

Somerset Record Office / Somerset Voices                                                 
Obridge Road, Taunton, Somerset, TA2 7PU
Telephone: 01823 278805 Fax: 01823 325402                
Email: archives@somerset.gov.uk

Collection description:
Main collections include:  
Somerset Voices Oral History Archive (Ref no: A\CMQ)
The archive is a unique collection of over 500 recordings of 20th century Somerset life. Summaries of a number of interviews, and audio clips can be found at: www.somersetvoices.org.uk/  

Exmoor Oral History Archive (Ref no: A\BJS)
The Exmoor Oral History Archive was produced as part of a Dulverton and District Civic Society project to capture for posterity life in this rural community at the turn of the 20th century. The collection contains the life stories of 78 contributors, and covers both the North Devon and West Somerset sides of the national park.
Further details can be found at:
www.somerset.gov.uk/archives/exmoor

Oral History Recordings (Ref no: DD\OH)
Recordings of interviews with local people from various groups and projects in Somerset.

Recordings relating to World War II:
Approx 100 (Life histories which include references to wartime experiences). Many of the Somerset Voices and Exmoor recordings describe life during the War.  The other oral history recordings cover a huge range of subjects, and include some life history interviews, but many do not mention the War.  

Subjects covered:
Home Front • Evacuees • British Army • Royal Air Force • Royal Navy • Womens Land Army • Italian POW (in Allied camps) • Intelligence Services 
For additional details for each recording, use the online catalogue at www.somerset.gov.uk/archives, putting the relevant collection reference in the "RefNo" field.  Records can search by subject or keywords. 

Format of recordings:
Audio - all or some with transcripts. There are full transcripts for the majority of the Somerset Voices recordings, and summaries for the Exmoor recordings.  For the other recordings (DD\OH), some have transcripts and documentation; this is catalogued in series 4.

Access:
Copies of all of these recordings are held at the Somerset Record Office. They may be consulted for private study, educational use, etc., subject to copyright restrictions. We strongly advise making an appointment before visiting; details of the appointment system, reader's ticket system and opening times can be found at www.somerset.gov.uk/archives.  

The recordings that form the Somerset Voices archive can also be consulted at the Somerset Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury, together with their transcripts.  The Museum's contact details are:

Somerset Rural Life Museum 
Abbey Farm 
Chilkwell Street  
Glastonbury  
Somerset  
BA6 8DB  
Tel: 01458 831197  
Email: county-museums@somerset.gov.uk 

The Exmoor Oral History Archive recordings can also be consulted at the North Devon Record Office, Barnstaple (with summaries and supporting information), and at the Guildhall Heritage Centre in Dulverton.  The Centre's contact details are: 

 

Dulverton Guildhall Heritage & Arts Centre
Dulverton
Somerset
TA22 9EX  
Tel: 01398 323818
The Centre is usually open May-October - telephone for further details. 
Current status: The Somerset Voices and Exmoor collections are no longer being developed, although offers of, or suggestions for, further recordings are always welcomed.  

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Stroud District Museum Service (The Museum in the Park)
Stratford Park, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 4AF
Contact: David Mullin, Documentations & Collections Officer
Telephone: 01453 763394 Fax:  01453 752400                  
Email: museum@stroud.gov.uk

Collection description:
The collection comprises two seperate sets of research. One undertaken by the museum and one undertaken by a local woman, Jean Bruce (the latter is still underway). All recordings are of local people reminiscing about their childhood in the Stroud District during the war. They are mainly held on minidisc, with a few on cassette tape. Reference numbers: 2003.29, 2005.28-30.

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

Subjects covered:
Home Front • Evacuees • Wartime childhood in Stroud area

Format of recordings:
Audio - all or some with transcripts

Access:
The recordings may be accessed at the museum, subject to advance booking. There is no charge for use.

Current status:  The collection is still under development.

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Teignmouth & Shaldon Museum (Teign Heritage)
29 French St, Teignmouth, Devon, TQ14 8ST
Contact: Mrs Pat Warner, Archivist / Mrs Mavis McCormick, Oral History Recorder
Telephone: 01626 777041 Fax:                     
Email: enquiries@teignmuseum.co.uk

Collection description:
Since the 1990's the importance of recording the recollections of older residents has been recognised. Tape recordings were originally made using rather unsatisfactory equipment, so the results are of varying quality. At present the recordings are made on mini disk and copied onto cassette. Since 2008 the mini disk is now copied on to C.D. Roms. At present we have recorded over 150 tapes and about 35 of these concern reminiscences of World War II. As Teignmouth was so badly bombed during the War these are particularly important for their value as a historical record.

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

Subjects covered:
Home Front • Evacuees • American Armed Forces

Format of recordings:
Audio - all or some with transcripts

Access:
Prior notice required as special arrangements have to be made to access and listen to the tapes. We do not charge for this service, but donations are always most welcome. We are a voluntary run charity.

Current status: The collection is still under development.

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Totnes Elizabethan Museum Study Centre
70 Fore Street, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5RU
Contact: Sue King, Study Centre Coordinator
Telephone: 01803 863821 Fax:                     
Email: totnes.museum@virgin.net

Collection description:
Oral history tapes, about 200, collected in the 1980's. The tapes were made to gather the reminescences of Totnes in the 1900's. This included many people's wartime experiences in the town.

Recordings relating to World War II:
Approx 150-200 (Life histories which include references to wartime experiences) 

Subjects covered:
Home Front • Merchant Navy

Format of recordings:
Audio - all or some with transcripts

Access:
Access is via the Study Centre, no prior notice is required. A charge of £1.25 an hour is made to use the Centre or membership of the Museum Society (£8 a year) allows free use of the centre.

Current status: The collection is not presently being developed but this is under consideration

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Yate & District Heritage Centre
Church Road, Yate, South Gloucestershire, BS37 5BG
Contact: David Hardill, Community Heritage Officer
Telephone: 01454 862200 Fax: 01454 862200                   
Email: yate.heritage@southglos.gov.uk

Collection description:
We have undertaken 11 full interviews on World War II and around 12 other interviews with a significant amounts of World War II information.

Of the 11 WWII interviews there are 6 featuring wartime childhoods in Yate (5) and Old Sodbury. The 5 other recordings cover the following subjects: life in Frampton Cotterill and work in Newmans Motors in Yate; life in Frampton and working in Parnalls Aircraft; life in Yate as a housewife; life in in Yate and working in Newmans Motors; life as a landgirl near Yate.

Of the others, 4 feature childhood memories linked to toys and games; 3 feature schooldays during the War; 2 others feature working at Newmans; 1 features general childhood in Yate; 2 feature working at Parnalls (husband and wife).

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

Subjects covered:
Home Front • Women's Land Army • Wartime childhood • Factory work

Format of recordings:
Audio - all or some with transcripts

Access:
The restrictions are ours. The interviewees have given us copyright to use the interviews in a responsible manner. Some interviews have formed part of compilation CDs while others have been used on to promote the work of the Centre and in research.

Related products: 
We produced a DVD for local schools entitled World War II in Yate and Sodbury. All local schols received a free copy.It comprised several oral history extracts within the DVD.
Current status: The collection is not presently being developed but this is under consideration
Additional notes: 
The strength of the collection relating to World War II are civilian life and childhood plus factory experiences.

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