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Volunteer and discover the history of World War II in the New Forest

For the past two years the New Forest Remembers World War II project has uncovered a treasure trove of unseen photos, diaries and war reports from attics and cupboards, bringing the period to life like never before.


But the most fascinating element has been the recording of oral histories from those that lived, worked and played in the Forest during the Second World War. This has been conducted by an enthusiastic team of volunteers with great success.

The team made up of interviewers, transcriptionists and editors have now completed over 100 interviews, totalling about 60 hours of recordings.  The recollections cover memories of school life being interrupted by endless air raids, impromptu landings of 100 bombers on an otherwise quiet night at RAF Beaulieu, to the activities got up to by waiting troops during the build up to D-Day.

Picture Credit: Friends of New Forest Airfields

Extracts and transcripts from the interviews are being uploaded to the project’s online archive - the Interactive Portal – and you can now listen to many at www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/wwii. Simply follow the link to the Interactive Portal and in the search box use the term ‘mp3’ to find the recordings.

But can you help finish the project whilst listening to living history? We are looking for a transcriptionist to help type up the interviews. You will need a computer, access to the internet, be able to work with Microsoft Word documents and some time. Contact archaeology@newforestnpa.gov.uk for more details.

This entry was posted by Gareth Owen on Monday 20/01/2014

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