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‘On the Waterfront’ – a new oral history project at Goole Museum

Goole Museum is looking for volunteers to take part in an oral history project called ‘On the Waterfront’, which aims to document working life on and around Goole’s docks.

These memories will form the basis of a brand new and unique archive of recollections of what it was like to live, work and grow-up in Britain’s most inland port in the twentieth century.

Curator Dr Alex Ombler said:  “We’re looking to speak to anyone who had connections with the docks, including dockers, shipyard workers, seamen, clerks and railway workers, basically anyone who spent part or all of their working lives in or around the port. We’d also like to talk to the family members of those who worked on the docks – people who lived and grew up in households close to the waterfront.”

The memories recorded in this archive will be transcribed, catalogued, and preserved for future generations. They will be made accessible to the public and form the basis of a forthcoming exhibition at the museum.

Anybody with a story to tell, or who would like more information, should get in touch with Alex on 01482 392777 or email alex.ombler@eastriding.gov.uk.

Interviews can take place in the museum, at the participant’s home, or at a neutral venue, wherever is most convenient and comfortable.

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