Talk: Jill Lamb on the oral history project Ham is Where the Heart is
March 11 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jill Lamb retired in 2015 after 21 years working for the Heritage Service in Kingston, latterly as Heritage Team Leader and Borough Archivist.
Jill says: “As a resident of Ham for over 30 years I have long wanted to tap into the local knowledge in our special community and took the opportunity when I retired. I was awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of nearly £10,000 in July 2016. The project was launched as part of the Know Your Place festival arranged by Richmond Local Studies and Archive that autumn and attracted an enthusiastic band of volunteers. Visits to record offices and oral history training were arranged and during 2017 more than 40 people were interviewed by volunteers (with more in the pipeline to come). Other volunteers have transcribed the interviews, undertaken local history research for the website, providing the context for the interviews, and scanned in documentary material loaned for the project.”
An exhibition resulting from the project was displayed at Ham Library in April and May 2018 and will be transferring to the Museum of Richmond from April to July 2019. It showcases a tiny sample of the stories and images which have been gathered so far, showing just how much has changed in the last 80 years but also how much has been remembered and cherished. It tells the story of Ham and Petersham through the words and pictures of those who live there.
For more information about the project, visit the Ham is Where the Heart is website here.