Free Time, Our Stories: Oral Histories of Leisure and Free Time

Posted on 09/09/2013 by


Free Time, Our Stories A digital:works project received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to examine how people’s leisure-time activities have changed over the last 60 years.

Working with Dorset County Museum and the Dorset History Centre, as well as local schools and organisations for older people, including Thomas Hardye School, AgeUK Dorchester and Dorset POPP the project will enable young people to collaborate and share with the older population in a range of activities leading up to a final exhibition, a website, the production of an app and the creation of a new archive. Volunteers will be given the opportunity to gain skills in oral history recording and will also learn about archive creation and curation.

Through the mobile phone app digital:works aim to create a  “walking museum” around Dorchester, engaging a wider section of the population with the local history of specific sites.

This project will see digital:works work with a wide selection of the community and forge new relationships between young people, their schools, and the local communities. We will be assisting people to record the changing history of their communities to create a rich new archive of material to be stored at Dorset History Centre.

Volunteers are now out in the community capturing local people’s leisure time memories. With volunteers working in Bridport, Dorchester, and Weymouth & Portland.

Visit the project website at

Posted in: Notices, Project News