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 1880s.
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 archive transcripts of the Windermere Oral History Society, 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 are available as MP3 files, a full interview is priced at £12. There are restrictions on usage. Email us to enquire.
Members of the Group give presentations locally accompanied by extracts of recordings on a variety of topics, by prior arrangement.