Afternoon Event – May 15th, 2013

balloonsPic3We are holding an afternoon event at Swaffham Community Centre on the 15th May 2013.

Come along and find out about our Marham Voices project. Volunteer as a ‘listener’, learning to record oral history at one of our training sessions – helping others to tell their story about our commnity. See our event poster online here.

You can sign up to tell your story on the day or take an information pack away to discuss the project at home.

We would be happy to add your memories to our archive.You can discover Marham Voices on our main project web pages here. The project is part of the national All Our Stories programme and is generously funded by The Heritage Lottery fund.

The end of the afternoon will be our formal charity AGM. We would be delighted to talk to new volunteers who might want to become board members of SEC, to help carry our interesting community projects forward.

You can find the Sandringham Enterprise charity pages here.

Discover something new and tell the story of our community…with Marham Voices.

(We are planning to run a community bus service between Marham and Swaffham on the day – to make our project accessible. Watch this space for more details).

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New branding for our project

Created by the graphic designer - Jim Simpson

Created by the graphic designer – Jim Simpson

We are delighted that the graphic designer Jim Simpson has created a new logo for our project, Marham Voices.

Jim’s design has collated a range of community and regional elements to deliver an impression of our community and it’s outlying areas. Agriculture, flight, transport, farming and community all play a part in our story.

As a project we welcome Jim’s creative input as this enables us to establish ‘Voices’ as an identifiable project brand, which will be useful in the future as we move forward as a charity and work to encompass other heritage projects to enhance understanding, enjoyment and knowledge of the West Norfolk area.

If you would like to volunteer with Marham Voices, especially as we are now training individuals to record oral history, use our contact us page and let us know. We’ll be happy to have you along on our voyage of discovery.

Our project is generously funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Marham Voices project team…

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Community voices – a new thing?

communitymemoryterminalPic3We are using the festive break in 2012 to prepare and collate our volunteer handbook for the collection of oral history records, as well as think about how best to deploy our technology in pursuit of our community voices project.

We think that the use of technology for this experience must be a very 21st Century thing. How wrong we were.

The Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley, U.S. has a great online display of how computers, from the 1970’s even, were helping communities build and share information.

One online exhibit you can see there, a Community Memory Terminal, was constructed from cardboard, retired office machinery and Velcro. All designed to enable users to add and respond to information provided by residents and visitors in Berkeley, California.

They had real time chat, person-to-person e-mail, and public discussion groups.

In our age of iPhones, PC’s and the ubiquitous web it is refreshing to think that our project, Marham Voices, is but an extension and refinement of an idea that is already over four decades in the past.

Image credit: See a full range of historic images at the Computer History Museum

(This Marham Voices article is part of an occasional series exploring the context and wider connections for community heritage and our project)

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Welcome to Listening Post

Listening Post

Listening Post (Photo credit: Theory)

Listening Post is the blog and free news update service for our project Marham Voices.You can see our main home page here –

Our project is generously funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund, as part of the All Our Stories project. You can read more about  this national heritage project  here.

Our aim is to record the voices of Marham and its surroundings, to capture a heritage snapshot in voice form, for the community at the beginning of the 21st Century.

We hope our snapshot will encapsulate much of the change our area and community has seen in the Twentieth Century and beyond.

We also aim, as part of the project to create a book, a written narrative if you will, which will seek to map that change in our community landscape. The book, when completed will be freely available for all online.

To read more about our project plans and to see our first press release you can visit to get a fuller picture of our work together as volunteers.

We are just starting our journey, why not come along and have your say too. We are listening – contact us here!!!

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