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Oral History

Introduction

What is Oral History?

The Collection of Life Histories

The Archive

A Selection of the Collection

Schools Education Pack

St Mary's Presbyterian Church

Introduction

Oral History & Itchen Ferry Village

Flo Taylor in ATS uniform

Collecting the memories and life experiences of the people of Itchen Ferry Village, on the River Itchen, Southampton.

 

The DHA oral history project was set up to record and commemorate the community of Itchen Ferry Village, by the collection of Photographs and oral reminiscences.

What is Oral History?

Oral history can be defined as the collection of planned recorded interviews with individuals to collect personal stories and opinions. Oral histories often contain information not available in other historical forms, and can be used to preserve eyewitness accounts and first hand knowledge of events. They seek to add an additional personal dimension to historical research through the collection of the emotions and perceptions of ordinary people whose experience would otherwise be largely unrecorded. These can be used to enrich written history with first person interpretation of events by those who lived through the experience.

 

Oral history enables us to transmit stories and traditions from one generation to the next.

The Collection of Life Histories

The interviews have been conducted following the guidelines of Southampton Oral History Unit, and as recommended by the British Library National Sound Archive. The recordings of ‘whole life’ histories give an insight into experiences of schooling, childhood games, sporting activities, sailing and fishing, wartime experiences. They also highlight a wide range of social, domestic and cultural observations relating to Itchen Ferry Village and its surroundings, Southampton and participants involvement in the wider maritime ecology.

Girls from Ludlow Rd School

The Archive

The archive contains over 50 hours of life histories collected from those who were involved in the Itchen community.

The majority of these histories were collected from those born in the 1920s, 30s, & 40s. Their first hand accounts provide an insight into the everyday lives of the riverside community, particularly prior to the destruction of the Second World War.

 

Some of those interviewed originated from other areas involved in coastal maritime activity and are a resource for social and local history researchers and family historians whose ancestors were involved in sailing, yachting and coastal craft.

Accessing the Archive

Southampton Oral History Unit holds copies of all oral history recordings and the summaries collected by the DHA project, which are accessible by prior appointment. All interviews are identified by accession number. Please note that names, addresses or any other personal details of individual interviewees cannot be released by the Oral History Unit.

Supermarine raid of 15 sept 1940

A summary and overview report is available from the Diaper Heritage Association.

 

Summary information, along with other research from the genealogical study, is also being deposited is also being deposited in the Southampton Library Local Collection, Southampton Archives, Hampshire Country archives and the Bitterne Local History centre.

A Selection of the Collection

Coming soon!

Schools Education Pack

Designed for Key Stage 3 but can be adapted for a wider range of pupils. The pack uses the history of Itchen Ferry Village as starting point for a wider range of education projects. Download the Education Pack here.