Welcome to the information page for the listening bench installed in Great Waltham, Essex.
The clips currently loaded onto the bench highlight how education in the village has changed over the last hundred years (left-hand button), and memories of the village during the Second World War (right-hand button). The clips were taken from interviews recorded by Anne Cowlin in 2001-2005 for her book, Halcyon Days of Cod Liver Oil: An oral history of Great Waltham in the twentieth century. You can read more about her project on Essex Archives Online. The interviews are a fascinating insight into ordinary village life in the last century.
Location of the bench in Great Waltham
The bench is located by the war memorial, Banbury Square.
QR code kindly provided by Visualead.
Audio clips on this bench
Education in Great Waltham (Button A Clip 1)
After an introduction by Peter Bradley, Rosemary Pitts describes her earliest memories of attending school in Great Waltham.
Teachers and fellow pupils (Button A Clip 2)
Rosemary Pitts recalls some of her past teachers and fellow pupils. She also remembers what it was like to be Head Prefect.
Journey to school (Button A Clip 3)
Great Waltham in the Second World War (Button B Clip 1)
Peter Bradley gives an overview of life in Great Waltham in the Second World War. Doris Snow shares her memories of the War, then Rosemary Pitts shares her memories of the local Prisoners of War.
Air raids and gas masks (Button B Clip 2)
Bridget Seymour shares her memories of the Second World War, including the ordeal of wearing a gas mask.
American soldiers in the village (Button B Clip 3)