The Newport & Carisbrooke Community Council (NCCC) has launched a Living History website which allows users to hear Newport residents’ oral accounts of life growing up in the town.

Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the site (accessible on smartphone only) offers a variety of thematic walking paths accompanied by photographs so that users can see what the buildings looked like. The late local historian Brian Greening donated many photographs and stories to the project.

Working with InspirEd and the Isle of Wight Heritage Service, pupils at Barton Primary School were trained to carry out ‘reminiscence’ sessions using museum artefacts, interview with local residents and recording their oral histories as part of the project.

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Councilor Shirley Smart, Chair of the NCCC, said:

“With the delays due to COVID, I am thrilled that we can finally launch the website. Acknowledgment goes to everyone who made this possible through the National Lottery Heritage Fund, those who gave their fascinating oral histories of their memories, to the late Brian Greening who contributed so many of his wonderful photographs.

Memorabilia may be added to the website over time, so if you or someone you know has a memento or photographs that would be suitable for the project, contact the NCCC by email [email protected] or by calling 01983 559119.

Assistance will be available for anyone wishing to learn how to use the Lord Louis Library website on Thursday August 11 and Friday August 12 between 10:00 and 12:00.

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