Oral History Project

The Gainsborough Heritage Centre’s oral history archive now includes 50 oral history recordings with Gainsborough’s local people sharing their memories of the town, the characters, and a range of different workplaces. There are many hours of fantastic stories and recordings that have been collected throughout this project and the Centre is still recording and looking for more people to be involved in the project. Thank you to the many people who have been involved recently and over the years sharing your memories with the Gainsborough Heritage Centre. The project is continuing to record, collate and transcribe recordings. 

When and where is the project taking place?

The project is a continuation of a focused project that began in March 2015, as the Gainsborough Heritage Centre made a decision to continue interviewing as many local residents as possible, to record their memories of different aspects of the town or the surrounding villages. Interviews take place at the Gainsborough Heritage Centre however, on an individual basis each interviewee will be considered if they would prefer to be interviewed at their home.

What information is the Heritage Centre interested in recording?

The Gainsborough Heritage Centre is interested in recording memories and stories relating to local factories, industries, the Market Place, streets and houses where individuals grew up within the town, educational establishments, religious and community spaces and much more.

Copyright Permission Forms

As part of the process as an interviewee, you will be asked to sign an oral history recording agreement form in order to give permission to the Gainsborough Heritage Centre, to archive the recordings and use the information for public history use as well as for research purposes.

What does taking part mean?

The oral history project will give you an amazing opportunity to record your personal memories, stories and thoughts relating to the town of Gainsborough where you may have lived, studied and been employed by many of the local companies or industries.


If you would like to get involved then please contact Gemma Clarke on [email protected] or ring 01427 610526 to participate in the Centre’s oral history project! You will be more than welcome.

© Gainsborough Heritage Association 2019