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Collection Details


Collection Name: Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service Oral History Collection
Repository Name: Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service [Repository Details]
Repository Location: Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
URL: http://www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/default.asp?Document=500.20.50
Description: For the museums service reminiscence work is a two-way process. The memories of everyday life are invaluable sources of information which help us to more truthfully reflect social history in exhibitions. When taped and broadcast alongside museum objects or used in other ways to aid interpretation, they provide a fascinating insight into the history of an era or a place. Collecting oral history also enables us to involve people in museum activities, through their contribution to exhibition and education programmes. An example of such work is the Great Yarmouth Museums millennium collecting project, designed to produce a snapshot of everyday life in the Borough during 2000. Community groups and business organisations have been invited to fill a cardboard box with material representative of everyday life and associated oral "history" has been recorded. As completed boxes arrive back at the museum offices they will be displayed in the foyer at the library. This will be updated monthly and the whole project will culminate in 2001 with a touring exhibition of all the collected material. As well as providing the museums with new collections it is hoped this project will encourage a greater sense of ownership from Borough residents towards their museums. In general, oral history collection often means the museum is donated objects and photographs, builds new audiences and supporters and helps us to achieve a positive profile in the older community.
Broad Subjects: Geography; History; Communities
ASP Subjects: England; Norfolk (England)--History; Norfolk, England; Oral history; United Kingdom
Collection Code: OHC0004680