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Oral History Project Gets Underway




The Scottish Maritime Museum has teamed up with the Garnock Connections Landscape Partnership Scheme on a much-needed project to capture and preserve the memories of people who have lived or worked in the area and who have a connection to maritime or marine industry.

Through the new ‘Working Voices’ project, which has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the team will interview local people across Irvine, Ardeer, Saltcoats, Stevenston and Ardrossan and surrounding area and capture living memories and experiences.

The team will also explore how the wider area and its industry has changed over recent decades.

Alyssa Shepherd, Working Voices Co-ordinator at the Scottish Maritime Museum, explains:

“We are thrilled to embark on this project because there is a real lack of recorded history across this area. With the support of local people, we will be able to capture and preserve the memories and experiences of those who were a part of local industry and whose lives and communities were, in turn, shaped and influenced by it.

“Specifically, we are interested in interviewing people who were employed in, or connected to, maritime or water-based industry. For example, we would love to hear from those involved in the shipyards, harbours, engineering firms and smithies.

“We are also keen to hear from anyone who might not have been directly employed in, or connected to, maritime industry but who has family and community memories of such work.“

Anyone employed in or connected to maritime and/or water-based industry in the local area at any time in their life and who are willing to be interviewed for this project, should contact:

Alyssa Shepherd alyssa@scotmaritime.org.uk / 01294 278283

or Matthew Bellhouse Moran matthewm@scotmaritime.org.uk

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