Monthly Archives: December 2012

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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