Ambleside Oral History Group commenced recording in 1976 and has created an Archive of over 450 interviews, on almost every subject related to life in Ambleside, Cumbria, and its surrounding area, in the Lake District of England, beginning with memories from the 1880ís.
More recently, interviews have focussed on contemporary events with a view to having fresh memories available in the decades to come.
Access to the ArchiveThe archive exists in both printed transcript and electronic document form, as well as sound on CD. The transcripts are searchable by topic or keyword from this site. We also host the archives of the Lorton & Derwent Fells History Society, the Clearwater Project of the Freshwater Biological Association and the History of Keswick Theatre, which are also searchable. Recordings of Ambleside Oral Archive interviews can be heard by prior arrangement.
The archive is open to all, and can also be accessed in person at Ambleside Public Library. It is wise to contact the Library (hours as below) in advance to arrange help and guidance into the material.
Members of the Group will also give presentations locally accompanied by extracts of recordings on a variety of topics, by prior arrangement.
The collection is housed at
Ambleside Public Library, Kelsick Road, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 9DQ Tel. 015394 32507
Library Opening Hours:
Monday, Wednesday & Friday 10am-5pm,
Thursday & Sunday closed all day,