East Boldre oral history project


Local residents recollections of growing up in a squatter’s settlement

East Boldre oral history project listening station at the Turfcutters Arms

East Boldre Oral History (EBOH) has gathered and collated memories and social history from residents of the parish of East Boldre, who were born and brought up in the village. This exciting project explores how the village has changed, from its origin as a squatter’s settlement to the present day.

Listening station at the Turfcutters Arms

EBOH has recorded and transcribed memories from residents and now the stories can be heard through listening stations which have been installed in the village.

The Turfcutters Arms now houses a listening station where the public can hear stories about East Boldre Characters and childhood memories (this is accessible during pub opening hours).

Three further listening stations are installed in East Boldre Village Hall and School Fields Trust Hall (these are accessible by appointment).

Oral history interpretation is also sited in the adopted BT kiosk at Hatchet Pond village – this includes a QR codes which link to a sound cloud where audio recordings are available:

The aims of this project are many and include:

• Record memories and tales of an East Boldre as it was.
• Install a sense of community and pride – giving a voice to the families who have lived in the village for generations and who are aware of the fast-changing community.
• Capture memories before they are lost.
• Help people who live in or visit East Boldre recognise its history and character.
• Encourage people to share time together to talk about heritage.
• Celebrate gypsy traveller and commoning heritage.
• Work with local schools to help children understand the village history. We have run workshops at South Baddesley, William Gilpin and will also work with Beaulieu School; taking contributors to the schools to discuss their memories.

This project has support and funding from: New Forest National Park Authority, East Boldre Parish Council, Hampshire County Council, Beaufort Trust, East Boldre Village Hall Trust, East Boldre School Fields Trust, NF Heritage Centre and New Forest District Council.

Sadly Covid 19 temporarily scuppered plans for a big official opening of the listening stations but the plan when restrictions are lifted is suitably to join together to celebrate heritage and pride in belonging to an amazing community!

Photos displayed here are:

East Boldre oral history project: Cliff and Wendy Harvey
Contributors Cliff and Wendy Harvey listening to stories for the first time

East Boldre Oral History project - curator Nicola Curzon
Nicola Curzon (Project curator)

See also https://www.lymington.com/167-lymington-new-forest-history/1779-eb-oral-history-oct20

Information about the project:

Nicola Curzon
Parish Clerk
East Boldre Parish Council
PO BOX 389
SO41 1BG
07562 985631