Welcome to Kendal Oral History


‘The Kendal Flood of December 2015’

For more details  visit the Flood Project page on this website


The Kendal Oral History Group in Cumbria was formed in 1987 to record the life stories of local people who have spent all, or a significant part, of their lives in Kendal and the surrounding area. Their recollections are Website0003Whelping to create a collective history and picture of life which complements the official records of the time.WebsiteIMG_0006W

It is only within recent years that the historical importance of oral or spoken history has been realised. The intention of the Kendal Oral History Group is to compile a picture of earlier times through the memories of some of our older residents, all of whom have memories which may be of great historical interest. Such recollections may be about work or play, good times or bad times, friends and acquaintances and will probably not be written down or known to anyone else.

The Kendal Oral History Group is made up of a small group of volunteers who undertake the recordings, transcriptions and other activities. Currently the archive contains over 340 recordings with people born from the 1880s.

Kendal Library, Cumbria,  holds a set of Kendal Oral History Group materials. It is available for use by researchers and anyone with an interest in the area. These consists of transcripts andWebsite0017WWebsite0040W transcript summaries of the interviews. Almost all of the interviews have been indexed by subject and place and the Kendal Oral History Group index can also be found in Kendal Library, Cumbria.

Recordings of the interviews can be heard by prior arrangement

Further information on the Kendal Oral History Group materials and how to use them is available on the Archive webpage.

All photographs on this page were taken at the annual Get Together which was held in May 2016. They show respondents and their guests enjoying tea and conversation and listening to a presentation on the work of the group. A superb display of extracts and photographs was put together by Sylvia Kelly of the Kendal Local Studies Library  and proved popular with the guests.

Photographs by Peter Holme