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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76
sweets,\ dentistry, diet and health, evacuation
13/01/1984
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Interview date: 13/01/1984
77
mission to London, recording of church service
26/09/1983
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Interview date: 26/09/1983
78
health, epilepsy, isolation, doctor fees, Connaught Hospital, family life, Chingford Hospital
20/10/1983
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Interview date: 20/10/1983
79/1
Walthamstow & District tape recording society, Tottenham Outrage
c1959
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Interview date: c1959
79/2
c1959
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Interview date: c1959
80
High Street market and Tottenham Outrage (Russian anarchists), notes and story by Ray Dudley
c1959
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Interview date: c1959
81
callers door to door, Salvationists, health, household routines, polio; Wireless in WW1 ??
08/04/1984
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Interview date: 08/04/1984
82
foodstuffs, door to door deliveries, shops, WW1 experience, health, home baking & working. Film studios - Extra in a film (A184)
08/04/1984
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Interview date: 08/04/1984
83
Warner's flats, market, husband engineer, High Street, domestic routine, evacuation, entertainment; Fish & chip shop James St WW1 (550)
08/04/1984
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Interview date: 08/04/1984
84
Pet shop, Wood Street, shops, entertainment, eating habits
Tammy Ratoff
08/05/1984
Interviewer: Tammy Ratoff
Interview date: 08/05/1984
85
butchery trade, workhouse, home deliveries, Wood Street market, meals, shopping, orphanage
Robert Wilkinson
10/04/1984
Interviewer: Robert Wilkinson
Interview date: 10/04/1984
86
bakers; confectionary, apprentice in rag trade, household routine
12/06/1984
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Interview date: 12/06/1984
87
general family recollections, one of 12 children, allotments, keeping chickens
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88
WW1, florist (Embersons - Hoe Street)and allotments in Walthamstow
Thelma Wolfe
20/05/1985
Interviewer: Thelma Wolfe
Interview date: 20/05/1985
89
WW1; Walthamstow; family, furniture trade, greengrocer, Lebus, pubs, drinking, war, relationship with father
Robert Wilkinson
01/04/1985
Interviewer: Robert Wilkinson
Interview date: 01/04/1985
90
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91
Wood Street, pubs, drunkenness, foods, home life, chickens, sweets
Robert Wilkinson
28/05/1984
Interviewer: Robert Wilkinson
Interview date: 28/05/1984
92
catsmeat man; Walthamstow; trades, Wood Street, Jones butcher, WW1 Cuffley Zeppelin (A278)
12/06/1984
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Interview date: 12/06/1984
93
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94
????
10/09/1987
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Interview date: 10/09/1987
95
dairying activities, Leyton
19/05/1985
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Interview date: 19/05/1985
96
confectionery trade, home life, nannies, Jewish life
17/07/1984
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Interview date: 17/07/1984
97
sweet shop Leyton, war work
04/08/1984
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Interview date: 04/08/1984
98
Pubs; Tower; Chestnut Tree, Chequers, husband bookmaker
Teresa Burton
06/06/1905
Interviewer: Teresa Burton
Interview date: 06/06/1905
99
bakers; shop work, florists,\ pawnbrokers, war work, restaurant
01/10/1984
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Interview date: 01/10/1984
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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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