THE Cartmel Village Society has embarked on an oral history project to record residents’ memories for future generations.

Volunteers will be interviewed in an informal setting, with the recorded interview and a transcript the basis of an archive.

The theme of the interview may be general or could focus on a specific area of interest or knowledge such as agriculture or architecture.

The CVS intends to create an archive of recorded interviews and transcripts with a view to making these available to local residents, visitors to the village and social historians. 

This may be done via the internet, distribution of recorded material on CD or mp3 files or by audio replay equipment at a dedicated site.

The CVS is also assisting the Cartmel Peninsula Local History Society who are researching the history of Cartmel as part of its Village Histories Project, and is especially interested in the social history of the village.

This could include memories and documents that give some information about development and changes in the shops and businesses,  residents occupations, religious worship and living conditions.

An open day is planned for residents wishing to be interviewed or drop by with their records at the Priory School on July 16 between 10am and 3 pm where students will scan the documents and hand back the originals as well as an electronic copy for the owners to pass down to their family members. 

Members of the Cartmel Village Society Committee as well as Chair of the CPLHS, Stuart Harling and Treasurer Nigel Mills will be at the Open Day.