Presentations

 

Kendal Oral History Group

We have created a number of illustrated presentations with integrated sound using material from the Kendal Oral History Group archive.

New Talk for 2018:

Life in Kendal’s Yards

This new talk looks at life in Kendal’s yards in the years before demolition in the late 20th century through the words of those who lived there. The houses were often small and overcrowded and there was much poverty. This presentation  sheds a light on a part of Kendal’s past which no longer exists.

On the Home Front: South Lakeland, 1939-1945

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Underbarrow School (Joseph Hardman), by permission of Kendal Local Studies Library

In this presentation five topics have been selected to cover a wide range of wartime experience in the South Lakeland area during World War Two. They include:  the ways in which the war impacted on the lives of children, including evacuees;  the changes that took place in farming under the direction of the War Agricultural Committee, with Land Army girls and POWs helping to work the land;  the wide range of war work undertaken in factory and workshop; the impact of the military including the Home Guard, army battlegrounds, US convoys and bombings, and, finally ‘Getting By’ looking at issues such as rationing, ‘Digging for Victory’, the black market and VE day.

 Kendal at War, 1939-1945

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‘Home Guard on camp’, by permission of Kendal Local Studies Library

This presentation looks at the experience of people in Kendal during World War Two. It is divided into four sections including: the experience of children at school and at home, the voluntary work they undertook, the experience of evacuees and their impact on local children; the next section looks at the ways in which Kendal’s factories and workshops were transformed during the war to create much-needed materials for the war effort and the support services put in place to help industrial workers;  the impact of the military includes the Home Guard, Civil Defence, US convoys and Bombings. Finally,  ‘Getting By’ looking as issues such as rationing, ‘Digging for Victory’, the black market and VE day.

Childhood in South Lakeland
This presentation examines various aspects of childhood  in town and country in the early twentieth century. Subjects covered include games and pastimes, school, children working to help support the family and the experience of childhood illness.

Rural Life in South Lakeland 
In this presentation the experience of people of all ages living in the country in the early twentieth century is examined.
Subjects covered include childhood activities, work, health and social life.

Railway Workers and their Families in the Early Twentieth Century
This presentation includes the recollections of people who worked on the railway, as well as those of their families. In addition the stories of children playing on and around the railway are included, together with descriptions of trips on the railway in the early twentieth century.

 

Kendal Oral History Group charges a fee of £30 for each presentation which goes towards group funds.
Contact us at Kendal Oral History Group to find out more about booking a presentation.

 

Kendal Oral History Group, Kendal, Cumbria

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