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Wartime memories wanted in Dereham

PUBLISHED: 12:07 17 January 2009 | UPDATED: 14:56 07 July 2010

Ian Clarke

Students from Dereham are working with local historians and the BBC to create a vocal record of how World War Two changed the lives of people in Norfolk.

Students from Dereham are working with local historians and the BBC to create a vocal record of how World War Two changed the lives of people in Norfolk.

And the Neatherd High School pupils are asking for people with a wide variety of wartime experiences to take part in the BBC Voices Project.

The students are in partnership with Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service in the initiative called “Their Pasts, Your Future.”

They are being trained by local historians and BBC technicians on how to plan, record and edit interviews which will then be added to the BBC website in the form of podcasts which can be downloaded by anyone, including the students who are studying the Home Front.

Thomas Clarke, 13, who is one of the students involved in the project, said: “The aim is for young people to gain a better understanding of the way the war changed lives for ordinary people and also to compare life during wartime with the 21st century.”

The pupils, all in year nine, are currently finding potential interviewees and particularly wish to find people who were in Dereham and the surrounding area, including evacuees who came to Norfolk, members of the Women's Land Army, people that worked in local factories or people that had evacuees stay with them.

Anyone with reflections on life in Norfolk during the war and would be willing to share them should contact Charlie Uddin, Dereham Neatherd High School, Norwich Road, Dereham, NR20 3AX, tel: 01362 697981 or e-mail Jan Pitman at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Jan.Pitman@norfolk.gov.uk.

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