On Monday, 12th October 2020, we launched our Heritage Broxbourne project.
What is it?
Broxbourne has changed dramatically over the last 50 years, with development and expansion of the area, as well as settlement in the Borough by a range of ethnic minority communities. There are stories to be told in Broxbourne around the history of the community and charity sector. The aim of this project is to research this history and produce moveable displays/oral histories to celebrate the lives and contributions made to the community by ordinary people. This aspect of local history has never been researched and documented, and we consider it timely to do this now, as many of the older residents who have had an impact in the community are getting older. We wish to record this aspect of the social history of the area, to share our findings with current residents and ensure this is recorded for future generations.
What we are going to do
We will be interviewing local residents to record how they supported communities within the Borough of Broxbourne over the last 50 years. These recordings will be transcribed, and we will be producing:
- Soundbites and Oral Histories of the recordings
- Visual records
- Research findings
- Mobile Exhibitions which can be displayed in venues across the District
- A semi-permanent exhibition which can be displayed at Lowewood Museum and other venues in the District.
How You Can Help?
Do you know anyone (or any organisation?) which has contributed to their local community over the last 50 years? They could have run a community group, supported local people or anything else. If so, we would love to hear about their contribution.
Do you have a few hours to spare? If so, would you like to be part of this exciting project. Volunteer opportunities include:
- Interviewing local residents
- Researching history
- Transcribing oral transcripts
- Putting together exhibitions
For further information about Heritage Broxbourne or to find out more about volunteering opportunities, please email Susan Lankester.