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WW2 Memories Group

Meet – Discuss – Share

We are setting up a new group to look at our area and the people who lived here during WW2 and the surrounding years. If you are interested in joining us or have any memories, stories, photographs, documents or objects from this period please talk to Ann Akrill or Jeremy Lodge. Alternatively, talk to any of our committee members at our events, or contact us through the contacts page on our website.

This will be an informal discussion group for anyone interested in the period, but we will also aim to provide a drop-in facility for people to bring in items of interest. The group will also offer information and support for anyone researching these important years of our history.

Everyone will be welcome to the first meeting at 10.00am on Wednesday 9th October in the Collingham Archives, Swinderby Road, NG23 7PH.

Further information from: Ann Akrill:
Jeremy Lodge:

The Living History Project

This new project has been launched to ensure we collect the memories of local people now as a resource for generations to come, and to build a picture of life in Collingham and district over the last 60 or 70 years.

We have joined forces with Collingham & District U3A Local History Research Group to collect, through conversations, the personal memories and experiences of local people, to create an invaluable record in our community archives for generations to come.

We will be asking participants…

  • What is the earliest memory you have of local life?
  • What was happening here during the Second World War?
  • Are you a ‘Baby Boomer’ with tales of your school days?
  • In what ways has farming had to adapt over the years?
  • Do you have pictures of land now occupied by 20th century houses?
  • How much did the ‘Swinging Sixties’ and Carnaby Street fashions affect Collingham?
  • What memories do you have of the High Street?
  • Is Collingham Show the same as it was years ago?
  • How did you spend your free time in the days before television?
  • How did people feel when the two old villages became one?
  • Was the traffic always like it is now?
  • Which traditions have disappeared?
  • How was the Millennium celebrated?
  • How many important events do you recall?

The first point of contact is: Nigel Priestley, 01636 892020, email: Alternatively, anyone interested in becoming involved could chat to a member of our team at one of the CDLHS events or U3A General Meetings, or visit us when the Archives are open and we can arrange a visit.