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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100
shop work; catsmeat; Walthamstow; dancing bear, Wood Street, German butchers, slaughtering, Hollow Ponds; Brother in war WW1 (A327)
Susan Ashworth
13/06/1984
Interviewer: Susan Ashworth
Interview date: 13/06/1984
101
Walthamstow; work in tailors shops, advertising, clothing work, pubs
B. Batchelor
01/07/1984
Interviewer: B. Batchelor
Interview date: 01/07/1984
102
milliners, Lidstones, wartime WW2?
Tammy Ratoff
21/06/1984
Interviewer: Tammy Ratoff
Interview date: 21/06/1984
103
working conditions, father wounded WW1 (A12-51), women's domestic work, husband butcher
06/10/1984
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104
breweries; Tower; Chestnut Tree; pub trade; Walthamstow; family life
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105
Wood Street schooling, glass blowing in Shernhall Street, Walthamstow Palace, music hall, fighting
12/11/1984
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106
work detail
Thelma Wolfe
Interviewer: Thelma Wolfe
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107
school, working life, traders, journalist, local life
06/11/1984
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108
butcher, entertainment, education
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109
religion, domestic routine
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110
WWII, ARP warden, Higham Hill
12/11/1985
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111
catsmeat traders,\ use of ice boxes, kids employed, horseflesh market, Bethnal Green market stalls, butchers, children working illegally
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112
war, fireman
10/05/1985
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113
06/10/1984
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114
see 117
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115
child health, sweetmaking, Billet Road and Boundary Road, Brookfield Hospital, Joseph Barrett cripples school; Short entry of being born in Nottingham in 1918 (8)
19/10/1985
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116
?Harold Webster b1898. Zeppelin - copyright Georgina Green
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117
market trader High Street, Hoe Street studios, shops in E17
01/05/1985
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118
shops, WWII, WVS, ex-alderman. BOOK
23/05/1985
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119
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120
ice cream making, confectionary, rag trade
05/08/1985
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121
evacuation from Dagenham. BOOK
16/01/1986
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Interview date: 16/01/1986
122
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123
evacuation
07/06/1985
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124
Leytonstone from 1937, Bethnal Green
08/06/1985
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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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