Wanted – Mellor memories

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PEOPLE in their 80s and 90s who grew up in Mellor are being invited to share their childhood memories of the area.

Mellor Library is collecting stories from people who were children in the village during the 1920s and ’30s. The aim is to produce an oral history to add to the library’s community history collection.

Emily Hurt, Lancashire County Council’s senior librarian at Mellor, said: “Our community history collection includes lots of pamphlets and books written about Mellor by local residents and is very popular with visitors and local schools.

“However, the information tends to cover the physical history of the village, such as the landscape, details of housing and the changing face of local businesses. I thought it would be really interesting to collect people’s stories as well, and an oral history project seemed to fit the bill perfectly.

“A number of our regular library users are aged 80 or over, and we’d love to hear from them or from anyone else in that age group who grew up locally. We want to hear all sorts of memories of being a child in the village, for example what children did for fun, what schooling was like in those days and where people got their first jobs.”

Emily added: “The interviews will be recorded on CDs that will be available for people to borrow from the library and listen to at home. There will also be a website for the project where people can listen to excerpts.”

The library has recruited six volunteers to help with the project. They have undergone oral history training with the North West Sound Archive and are now eager to start on the interviews.

As well as being available from the library, a master copy of each interview will be placed in the North West Sound Archive to help with research.

For more information about taking part in the project, phone Emily Hurt on 01254 812821 during library opening hours: Monday and Wednesday afternoons 2 to 5 p.m. and evenings 5-30 to 7 p.m., or Saturday mornings 10 a.m. to noon. Alternatively, e-mail: mellor.library@lancashire.gov.uk