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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Lea Bridge gas works, 1928-67 showrooms
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Lea Bridge gas works
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Lea Bridge gas works
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Lea Bridge gas works, accounts in wartime, accounts 1929-67
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Lea Bridge gas works, 1927- , fitter, wartime
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Lea Bridge gas works, 1936 - , fitter
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Lea Bridge gas works, co-partnership secretary
05/03/1979
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Readings; AV Roe ; Songs - Pack Up Your Troubles
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WW1 Saw a Zeppelin in Mile End - frightened, epilepsy; mental health; paying the rent; jobs
Susan Ashworth
31/08/1983
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Hitchams Dairy, Marsh Street school, soup kitchens, shoe shop and marked boots, health, Christian endeavour
10/09/1983
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scarlet fever, Chingford Hospital, table top operation, evacuation, High Street
11/10/1983
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born Red House, Hoe Street E17, father worked for Dr Challis, diphtheria, scarlet fever, Chingford Hospital, Chestnuts mental hospital Hoe St
Susan Ashworth
08/12/1983
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nursing Whipps Cross, Stratford Clinic, scarlet fever
30/09/1983
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below stairs, family split up, Barnados, evacuation
28/09/1983
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London electric wire co, scarlet fever, Connaught Hospital, Mr Gorringe bdied 1984
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Walthamstow family life
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personal history Walthamstow, Durham, workhouse
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21/11/1983
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Dentists, Walthamstow life history, home remedies, welfare officer, pawnshops, attempt to emigrate
21/10/1983
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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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