These web pages are the culmination of a Heritage Lottery funded project. The project was part of the All our Stories funding stream that aimed to provide opportunities for more people to get involved in their heritage. This fitted extremely well with our aim at extending our local history archive. Although we have a large amount of archive material there is little from the immediate past and so this project will help complete a picture of local life in the 20th, and moving into the 21st Century.
The idea was to record and share people's memories of Haslemere and the surrounding area using the Museum's existing collections and archive material as inspiration. This will create a lasting record for future generations and bring the community together to celebrate the personal stories that have shaped the town over the more recent past.
As part of this project we ran two local history talks and two drop-in sessions. A number of local people also participated in oral history interviews where we gathered memories of their lives in Haslemere. Some of these appear in this exhibition.
This project would not have been possible without the wonderful participants and the help of our volunteers. We would like to especially thank the following people: Audrey Bayliss, Marjory Bayliss, John Belton, Rita Bicknell, Elizabeth Boniface, Jane Downham, John Greenfield, Mitch Mitchell, Peter Moorey, Joe Nobbs, Alan Perry, Kate Shuttleworth, Hugh Turrell-Clark, Andrew White, Tim Winter, Graham & Liz Wren.
Special thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund who made the project possible.