Those who helped build the main body of the Abbey Church in Bath – constructed around the start of the 16th century – can only speak to us through their work – but those involved in more recent restoration are being invited to recount their own memories and have them stored electronically.
It’s all part of the Creating Voices:Oral History project which has been running all year .
The Abbey is keen to talk to people who may remember working on the building’s restoration between 1942 and 2000.
The aim is to build up a collection of craftspeople’s stories and to bring to life two crucial periods in the Abbey’s history. The post-war period and the turn of the millennium.
Any individuals who worked on the Abbey fabric or were involved in its care are being interviewed by the Abbey’s oral history team comprising volunteers from the church;s congregation and Heritage students from Bath Spa University.
I have been speaking to Dr Oliver Taylor – who is managing the Project.
If you think you might be able to contribute to the oral history project you can contact Dr Taylor at Bath Abbey on 01225 422462 or email email@example.com