Collecting Oral Histories

Our chapels are nothing without the community history that they carry with them. Oral History recording helps to capture some of that history through community memory. It gives voice to those who might not ordinarily be part of the Heritage conversation, and it gives a ground-up perspective on significant landscapes.

Using audio recording equipment supplied through a National Heritage Lottery Fund our volunteers are creating a collection of oral histories that will be published at this site and through national Oral History archives.

HCT began their Digital Project in February 2021, this included training and support in the creation of Oral Histories. Recordings began in March 2021 but during this time one-to-one visits were difficult or impossible, so in some cases volunteers experimented with other remote forms of recording.

Volunteers will continue to record and contribute histories throughout 2021 and 2022, and hopefully far beyond.

Below you can hear some of the recordings that have been made. These are available for any non-profit use but the original source must be credited.


David Titley talks about “The Light of the World”, a stained-glass window created in memory of his great-grandmother, Harriet Titley.

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Sheila Bettany’s memories of Bethesda, kindly recorded by Elaine Titley in Bethesda Chapel, February 2021.

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Roberta Higson talks about the history that she and her family have with Bethesda.

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Janet Coulls talks about her Baptism in Umberslade’s baptismal pool.

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Jean Booth talks about her Bethesda memories.

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Janet and Peter Coulls talk about Umberslade Chapel and their history there.

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