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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51
Walthamstow health dentist Chingford Hospital
B. Batchelor & S. George
15/10/1983
Interviewer: B. Batchelor & S. George
Interview date: 15/10/1983
52
diphtheria accident Dr Antony health
29/10/1983
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53
life history Walthamstow Leyton
Robert Wilkinson
09/09/1985
Interviewer: Robert Wilkinson
Interview date: 09/09/1985
54
health nursing Walthamstow , Thorpe Coombe, health insurance, mourning
14/11/1983
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55
death mourning , St John's Ambulance
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56
workhouse; churchyard birth; poverty
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57
health; illnesses; Lloyd Park clinic; dentist
20/11/1983
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58
Lloyd Park, High Street, cottage homes, trips to the country, workhouse
20/11/1983
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06/01/1983
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61
butchers, Jones Wood Street, street traders; Queue for sausages Wood St WW1 (from father)
Nick Hayes
19/08/1984
Interviewer: Nick Hayes
Interview date: 19/08/1984
62
butchers; fish; bakers, Wood Street, home life; WW1 - Queuing for food, sugar, air raids, Zeppelin, Belgian refugees, Armistice Day at the Flowerpot (A490-546)
B. Batchelor & Mike Custance
06/05/1984
Interviewer: B. Batchelor & Mike Custance
Interview date: 06/05/1984
63
sweetshops; family history, High Street shops
08/04/1984
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64
domestic service; Thorpe Coombe
16/02/1984
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65
vegetarianism
01/01/1985
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66
gas board; tonsils, shops, door to door salesmen, Highams park
Nick Hayes
16/06/1984
Interviewer: Nick Hayes
Interview date: 16/06/1984
67
Leytonstone House Hospital
01/05/1984
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68
domestic life; chickens rabbits, Wood Street, Walthamstow Palace
Susan Ashworth
10/04/1984
Interviewer: Susan Ashworth
Interview date: 10/04/1984
69
see 64
16/02/1984
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70
WVS; Leyton Mayor and Councillor; childhood illness; fever hospital
16/08/1983
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71
smallpox; film studios Wood Street; open air swimming pool Whipps Cross
Nick Hayes
01/10/1983
Interviewer: Nick Hayes
Interview date: 01/10/1983
72
isolation hospital Leyton; diphtheria & scarlet fever; Langthorne and Whipps Cross Hospitals; Memories of WW1 air raids, near miss with a bomb (A135/165)
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73
various health and local sites, soup kitchen, workhouse, boot & shoe club, parish relief; People injured during the war out of sight, not sure which war (A245)
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scarlet fever; Chingford Hospital; Marsh Street school; film studios Wood Street - actors Stuart Rose, Violet Hobson
Robert Wilkinson
19/12/1983
Interviewer: Robert Wilkinson
Interview date: 19/12/1983
75
health, Lloyd Park, isolation hospital, Brookfield Hospital, open air school, treatment for arthritis, education; WW1 song at Palace Theatre (B111)
16/12/1983
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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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