Oral history and personal memories can be used to add new dimensions and understanding to the narrative and interpretation of local community histories and our knowledge of local heritage.
Living History northeast have worked with partners and communities to develop heritage trails, soundscapes and art installations using sound and images collected from the community or developed from the existing archive..
All history, events and stories take place in a particular context. The story teller or interviewee is giving an account of their experience, from their viewpoint and against a specific backdrop in place and time. The significance of this can easily be lost to the listener.
Understanding the historical context against which the interviewees story has emerged helps the listener to understand the oral account and the thought processes, motivations and feelings that gave rise to the events described.