New project will record working life in Haverhill

Haverhill Family History Group secretary Charmian Thompson and David Williams with a previous exhibition telling the story of some of  men who were WWII POWs in the Far East ANL-140910-155218005
Haverhill Family History Group secretary Charmian Thompson and David Williams with a previous exhibition telling the story of some of men who were WWII POWs in the Far East ANL-140910-155218005

In a first of its kind, the Haverhill Family History Group (HFHG) has announced plans for an exciting new project to capture what working life was like in the town during its transformation in the 1950 and 60s.

Following their successful application for a grant from ONE Haverhill the Group is launching Haverhill in the Workplace - a project that will use spoken accounts to capture a portrait of the town’s workforce during and post expansion.

It will look to record people’s workplace memories, touching on all sorts of jobs and companies, so that a lasting record is created for future generations.

Brian Thompson, HFGH chairman, said: “We are just looking to capture some thoughts and memories so that some people further down the line will know what these places were and what they were like to work in.”

As far as he knows, added Mr Thompson, It is the first such oral history project ever undertaken by the HFHG,

The group also wants to produce a display for exhibition during October 2016 which will focus on the memories of the town’s workforce.

There will also be opportunities for people to meet ex colleagues and to re-establish social groups during the future open sessions that are planned.

The social aspects of the project are also of importance to the Group, added Mr Thompson.

An open meeting for the public is due to take place at the Old Independent Church Hall in Hamlet Road, on Thursday, September 24 at 7.30pm when more information will be given about the project.

Anyone wishing to hear more is welcome to attend.

For further information please email haverhillfhg@suffolkfhs.co.uk or call (01440) 712651.