Recordings archive

WFOHW has been collecting its own material since 1983 and has recordings made by others from the 1970s; there are now more than 800 recordings. Though the Workshop is an independent voluntary group, since its inception it has had a close relationship with the Vestry House Museum, Walthamstow – the local studies museum and archive for the London Borough of Waltham Forest – where our recordings are stored.

If you have recordings – perhaps from a project you ran, or from family or friends about aspects of life in Waltham Forest – we would be happy to take them into our archive and make them available for others to share. Contact us with details of what you have.

When we began we used some of the best and worst equipment available at the time, but there are more than 400 audio cassettes in the archive which are of varying quality. We now record digitally and quality has certainly improved since 1983; most more recent recordings have been digital on accession to the collection.

Our digitisation programme is now complete, with our paper records and all the historic cassette tapes stored digitally. The Workshop’s main activities are part of the unfunded voluntary group and resources are always limited.

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1
Engineer at Low Hall, about steam engine for museum.
John Howes
06/10/1972
Interviewer: John Howes
Interview date: 06/10/1972
2
Low Hall farm pumping engine
08/10/1972
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Interview date: 08/10/1972
3
Low Hall farm pumping engine
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4
Personal history, N Chingford Town's Women's Guild
Sue Agate
13/05/1974
Interviewer: Sue Agate
Interview date: 13/05/1974
5
interviews on playing cards exhibition. BBC Radio 4 Women's Hour about workers at VHM
19/04/1975
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Interview date: 19/04/1975
6
personal history school home life family
Sue Agate
07/11/1975
Interviewer: Sue Agate
Interview date: 07/11/1975
7
early\ life and work; WW1 Royal Engineers - signaller in Mesopotamia (p7)
Sue Agate/ Jane Dansie
14/07/1976
Interviewer: Sue Agate/ Jane Dansie
Interview date: 14/07/1976
8
cart builder, British Xylonite.
Sue Agate
04/02/1977
Interviewer: Sue Agate
Interview date: 04/02/1977
9
life story
Sue Agate
25/02/1977
Interviewer: Sue Agate
Interview date: 25/02/1977
10
Walthamstow buses, early life
Sue Agate
15/07/1977
Interviewer: Sue Agate
Interview date: 15/07/1977
11
No information
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12
New boots and panties
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13
Star Radio and TV shop, Chingford Mount Road; history radio and TV 1935-1963; twinning of Chingford; John Logie Baird
07/03/1978
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Interview date: 07/03/1978
14
born 1901, AV Roe & Cobham's flying circus, butchers Walthamstow, Coppermill Lane School, bus driver Leyton, St James St shops
David Mander
17/08/1978
Interviewer: David Mander
Interview date: 17/08/1978
15
Sue Agate interviewed on a 'load of old rubbish' exhibition. Travel news - landslip on Chingford line.
12/05/1978
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Interview date: 12/05/1978
16
Chingford fairs (transcribed). Reminiscence forest keepers, the warren, hunting lodge.
Sue Agate
23/01/1978
Interviewer: Sue Agate
Interview date: 23/01/1978
17
suffrage socialism politics
06/01/1975
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Interview date: 06/01/1975
18
Payne's pram business
Jane Dansie
22/10/1979
Interviewer: Jane Dansie
Interview date: 22/10/1979
19
social life, shops, street life, games
05/05/1979
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Interview date: 05/05/1979
20
Leyton fire brigade Coronation Gardens, see also 367
20/06/1980
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Interview date: 20/06/1980
21
radio interview
15/09/1981
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Interview date: 15/09/1981
22
British Xylonite, Ensign camers and butchers - int David Mander
10/04/1980
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Interview date: 10/04/1980
23
Lea Bridge Gas Works, bricklayer,retort houses
21/11/1978
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Interview date: 21/11/1978
24
Gas works manager 1903-52
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25
Lea Bridge gas works, 1913 onwards, WWI, the Buffs, East Kent regiment
23/11/1978
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Interview date: 23/11/1978
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This is a regularly updated database of recordings made by WFOHW since 1983, and including some other recordings made by Vestry House Museum since 1970.

If you would like to find out more about specific recordings, listen to them, or consult the paper records then contact us.

Use of our recordings is regulated by our Condition of Use; you can check these here.

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