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New Website Brings History Of Newport To Life Through Stories And Photographs

1930A PRE WAR NEWPORT CARNIVAL - Courtesy of Brian Greening

A new website launched by Newport & Carisbrooke Community Council (NCCC) will illustrate what it was like to live in Newport in times gone by.

The new Living History website, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, will contain oral accounts from Newport residents about what life was like growing up in the town.

The website will also offer a variety of themed walking trails with accompanying photographs so users can see how buildings once looked.

Late local historian Brian Greening donated numerous photographs and stories to the project.

Working with InspirEd and the Isle of Wight Heritage Service, students from Barton Primary School were trained on how to carry out ‘reminiscence’ sessions using museum artefacts, interview local residents and record their oral histories as part of the project. 

Cllr Shirley Smart, Chair of NCCC said:

“With the delays due to COVID, I’m pleased that we are finally able to launch the website.  Appreciation goes to all of those that made it possible from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, those who gave their fascinating oral histories of their memories, to the late Brian Greening who contributed so many of his wonderful photographs.”

Memories can be added to the website over time so if you or someone you know has a memory or photographs which would be suitable for the project, please contact NCCC by emailing or telephoning 01983 559119.

Assistance will be available to anyone who would like to be shown how to use the website at Lord Louis Library on Thursday, August 11 and Friday, August 12 between 10am-12pm.

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