Sutton residents have a unique opportunity to capture their memories following the launch of “The Locals” oral history project which aims to collect, preserve and share stories from around the London Borough of Sutton.
Oral history is an invaluable way of capturing the stories of individuals in the community. They are collected by interviewing and recording individuals speaking about their life and their experience of living in the borough.
“Through this project, we seek to collect stories that capture the changes that have taken place in Sutton over the last century. By capturing the stories of individuals in the community, we hope to compile an understanding of life in the borough and experiences that residents have had.,” said a spokesperson.
“We are looking for people who would like to be interviewed as part of the project. Our aim is to gain an understanding of what life in Sutton has been like for people of every background. Everybody has an interesting story to tell and a unique perspective on their local area. The only criteria is that you are a current Sutton resident. You may have lived here all of your life or moved to the area recently, we would love to hear from you.
“The interviews that we collect will create a valuable and accessible oral history collection aimed at holistically representing Sutton’s communities. Through this project and future collections development, we are working to make our archive collections more representative of the diverse range of voices and experiences of the wider Sutton community. Sutton Archives collects culturally interesting material from all time periods relating to the history of the area that now falls within the boundaries of the London Borough of Sutton. These are representative of all communities resident in our borough but we particularly encourage deposits from those communities currently under-represented in our collections and welcome objects, images and stories relating to BME residents, residents living with additional needs and from residents of the LGBT community.
“If you want to find out more about the project, or volunteer to be interviewed, you can contact the project by emailing [email protected]. Our inbox is checked on Thursdays and Fridays. “