Charnwood Roots – Volunteers needed!

Brush Works, Loughborough

Within the larger Charnwood Roots project are two oral history projects; ‘Our Working Lives’ and ‘Charnwood’s War’.

The first project focusses on local people who have worked in an industry or for a company that has made a contribution to the area. This could be anyone from farmers or quarrymen, to workers at factories such as Brush Electrical and Hathern Terracotta. We are also looking for stories from people who may have migrated to the area and how they found work in Charnwood as well as those who set up their own businesses.

The second project focuses on memories of Charnwood during the Second World War. This can be anything from childhood memories, experiences of evacuees or prisoners of war, to work in the Land Army or other services.

There are two ways to get involved with this project:

If you have stories about either of these topics, we want to interview you! A volunteer can visit you at your home or another convenient location to record your memories. The finished recording will then be deposited with the East Midlands Oral History Archive, and you will be given a copy to keep.

Or, you can volunteer with us to interview local people with memories they wish to share. All that is required is attendance at one of our two training sessions in December or January, and a couple of hours to record the interview. 

If you would like to take part in this project or would like any further information, please contact :
Email: charnwoodroots@le.ac.uk             Phone: 0116 252 5946