Waltham Forest Oral History Workshop

Front cover of 'Coronation Gardens: the oral history of an urban park'

Waltham Forest Oral History Workshop (WFOHW) was formed in 1983 to record the memories of people in Waltham Forest.  It is one of the longest-established oral history groups in London and, over the past 24 years, has built a community archive containing more than 500 recordings.

WFOHW has published eleven books or pamphlets on many aspects of life in this part of north east London, looking at a changing social landscape as well as some personal stories.

WFOHW aims to:

  • interview local people, record their memories, and preserve the recordings for future generations, in the Vestry House Museum, Walthamstow;
  • publish books when each project is completed and deposit tapes from interviews for public use at Vestry House;
  • make more links with other oral history sites in the UK and worldwide.

Recent oral history projects include:

  • Coronation Gardens: the oral history of an urban park (including interviews with 20 local people about what the Gardens meant to them at different periods of their lives)
  • Pubs
  • Leyton Cricket Ground
  • Jewish History.
This archive entry was last updated on 29 May 2014. Information incorrect or out-of-date?
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