Schoolbell and Children in Great Chesterford, 1962
Sounds of schooling in Great Chesterford
Village green in Great Chesterford. Used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike licence.
The clip is from a radio programme, ‘Voices from my Village’ (SA 34/1/1/5/1/3/1). The programme was created by Carl Huson about the village in which he lived, Great Chesterford, as a representative of a typical English village.
The clip starts with the school bell ringing. Does the local bell still sound like this? We have been informed that the primary school at Chrishall still uses a hand bell; how common is this in Essex in 2016?
You can then hear the energetic voices of children enjoying themselves. Is this an unchanging noise, or would a schoolyard in Essex sound very different today? How about a schoolyard in London, or Scotland, or France, or Malawi, for example?
Script and narration: Carl Huson
Technical supervision: David C. Turner
Production: John Swift