We hold more than 800 oral history recordings of Northumberland residents or people with links to Northumberland recorded over the last 40 years. Together these recordings provide a unique insight into life in Northumberland in the late 19th and 20th centuries and an important resource for the study of dialect. Our A2NH project allowed the digitisation of the older recordings, and five minute sound bites of many of the recordings that we hold can be accessed via our electronic catalogue. Just click on the speaker icon on the bottom of the catalogue page. Textual descriptions of all of the recordings can be found in the electronic catalogue and our Audio Booth in our searchroom at Woodhorn provides a soundproofed environment to listen to the recordings.
The extract below comes from a recording made in 1978 (Ref NRO T.119). The lady, Margaret Carr recalls a tale of the boys in Powburn village playing tricks on a local tradesman and his revenge, it's very funny indeed. You can play, pause or replay the clip by following the link below.
Textual descriptions and soundbites of many of our oral history recordings can be found in our electronic catalogue.