Digital plan sounds like a great idea for Craven Museum and Gallery

Curator Martin Wills is pictured with the new audio machine

Curator Martin Wills is pictured with the new audio machine

First published in News

Craven’s oral history has been brought into the digital age, thanks to Craven Museum and Gallery’s Talking Treasures project.

Sixty cassette tapes featuring the interviews of Craven residents since the 1970s have been converted into digital format.

And to officially open access to the recordings, a celebration was held at the council-run museum, located in Skipton Town Hall.

Volunteers, who brought the Talking Treasures project to fruition, greeted guests, including some family members of those who were recorded on the tapes.

The interviews range from everyday life in Craven to stories about Skipton’s prisoner of war camp during World War Two.

There are also lectures by Arthur Raistrick, a geologist, archaeologist, academic and writer who lived in Linton and carried out much of his work as a field archaeologist in the Craven area.

At the celebration, Martin Wills, the museum’s collections and interpretation officer, spoke about the project and what it had achieved.

Coun Simon Myers said: “I thank our volunteers for bringing our oral history into the digital age. Digital access means many more people will enjoy, and learn from, these unique recordings that bring our past alive.”

The Talking Treasures project and celebration were funded by a £3,400 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of its All Our Stories initiative.

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