Oral History Online: Between the Locks hits YouTube

Posted on 26/05/2011 by


In an earlier post on 26/04/11, I wrote about the completion of  Between the Locks , a community oral history project I managed over a two-year period in Twickenham.  Between the Locks tells the stories of those who lived and worked on the upper tidal Thames, bounded by the locks at Richmond and Teddington. Between the Locks was an HLF-funded intergenerational oral history project in which young people from Christ’s School in Richmond recorded the experiences and memories of this river community, and their testimonies were brought alive through a travelling exhibition and accompanying film.

In the blog post, I promised that…

Selected extracts from the interviews will soon be available on-line (watch this space for more details!) and the transcripts will be made publicly available for education and research purposes.

Well, I’m pleased to be able to say selected clips are indeed on-line at YouTube (hosted by user ETRUT1) and transcripts have been deposited with Musuem of London Docklands, Henley River and Rowing Musuem and Richmond Local Studies.  The full DVD is still available free of charge, from the Environment Trust for Richmond upon Thames (grab ’em while you can!).

So, here are the videos! Enjoy!….

Bill Colley talking about his apprenticeship to become a boat-builder

Cliff Cobb talking about the Waterman & Lighterman’s Licence

Freda Hammerton talking about the bombing of the River Thames in World War II

Ken Dwan talking about his experiences of young man beginning work on the Docks in London

Outtakes and End Credits: the people behind the camera

Independent and university researchers interested in making use of the transcripts are welcome to contact me for electronic versions of the transcripts for non-commercial educational use- just drop me a line at fiona.cosson AT northampton.ac.uk

Thank you to everyone who helped make the project such a success.