Present from the Past – Buxton Partnership Oral History Project

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, Buxton and District U3A, Discover Buxton, Liz Mackenzie the Community Officer from the Crescent project and Daniel Atherton the Crescent Researcher are working together on a project to capture  memories and create an audio archive. Buxton’s ‘Present from the Past’ project will capture sound-bites and snap-shots of the town and bring the rich history of Buxton and surrounding area to life.

The memories collected will be deposited at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery and the Derbyshire Record Office and  be part of the Collections in the Landscape proejct at the Museum as well as help inform the development of the Buxton Crescent and Spa Heritage Experience. A selection of the fascinating recollections will also be used in tours of the town for local people, visitors and tourists and  play a part in future research, education and schools projects.

Liz Mackenzie the Community and Volunteer Officer for the Crescent commented that “this is a key moment in Buxton’s history and a perfect time to reflect on the past and capture precious memories. This collaborative project is unearthing and preserving a key archive for many people of all ages to experience and learn from.”

Joe Perry the Assistant Collections Officer for the Museum added that “ we are already looking at using some of the recordings on the brand new web app that is being developed as part of the Collections in the Landscape project and we look forward to using them in the new Museum Galleries opening in May 2017.

The Buxton and District U3A’s Oral History Group have played a central role in the Present From The Past project. Anne Rogerson, the organisation’s Chairman said “ we are delighted that the U3A has made such a valuable contribution to this worthwhile local initiative. Our role has included training interviewers to ensure the interviews are captures effectively for future use.”

Netta Christie from Discover Buxton Tours commented that ““Our involvement will mean that visitors and locals can share in the collective memories of Buxton’s townspeople to better understand why Buxton is special. To that end, the oral contributions of people will really be not only a present from the past, but a present for our future”.

Anyone who is interested in the project have memories they would like to share and would like record the memories of others are invited to contact Liz Mackenzie email: lmackenzie@buxtoncrescent.com. Further details of the project are also available on the Crescent website www.buxtoncrescent.com.