Workshop participants shared and recorded their stories using traditional mapping techniques and mobile technology to create a collective aural history of the town. Participants were encouraged to bring in photographs and objects that reflected their lives in Dunstable and plot their memories of the local area on a map.
Quotes from some of the participants
‘It has surpassed our expectations. We have enjoyed every single minute, met many interesting people, and heard many many interesting stories. We are so glad that the project was bought to us and gave us the opportunity to take part, thank you so much.’
'During the project, I was interviewed and said something about when I was a boy during WW2. This is now a CD and when I first played it, my son was with me. To my great surprise, he expressed a genuine interest and took a copy for himself. There is also some chap in America who is interested so he also has a copy. At the time of the interview, I had no idea my little story would generate such interest - very gratifying.'
‘It is a great idea. Interesting to hear new pieces of information about Dunstable that I didn't know. I even learn't new stuff about my husband .... so much has happened in Dunstable’
Workshop participants at Priory House: Eileen Brown, Alan Brown, Brenda Pratt, Peter Pratt, Paul Heley, John Bowden, Moira Cavanagh, Christine Kirk, Iris Bells, Corinne Ann Griffin, Carol Owens, Trevor Owens, Mick O’Sullivan, Vivienne Evans.
At Furness Avenue: Julie Bailey, Betty Tapner, Roy Parry, John Sear, Dorothy Hargate,
Doreen Stock, Thelma Cook, George Baker, Joan Della, Beryl Bailey, Marjorie Pitt,
Special thanks to - John Buckledee and Rita Swift of Dunstable and District Local History Society.