Talking about Technology collection

Physical detail

  • Number of items in the collection: 39
  • Venues where the material can be listened to: Record Office
  • Media available on: CD

Collection history

The Talking about Technology collection comprises of 39 interviews. With funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the interviews were conducted by the Oral History Research Unit at the University of Bournemouth, working in partnership with the University of the Third Age (U3A) and the Friends of the Centre for the History of Defence Electronics. The aims of the project were to record reflections on the impact of technological change, capture details of obsolete processes and practices and to use the material gathered to create multimedia presentations on the internet. Material recorded in the Melton Mowbray and Stamford areas was deposited with the EMOHA in July 2003.

What the collection contains

The interviews in this collection record the impact of changes in agricultural technology and industrial processes in the Melton Mowbray area of Leicestershire, and changes in building technology in the Stamford area of Lincolnshire. The Stamford material also includes reference to building materials, building decoration, public and environmental health, local historic buildings and a focus on local slate, stone and cement works.