WANTED – Scarborough memories and views

The Scarborough Museums Trust is developing more oral history resources. The Trust is looking for people in Scarborough willing to talk with historian and Scarborough Athletic programme article writer, Roger Hopkin, about their views, opinions and memories of living in Scarborough. It is intended that the talks will be ‘sound recorded’ and should take less than an hour to complete.

People are invited to put their names forward to answer questions about the following:

  • what they think of living in the town;
  • what changes they have seen in the nature and look of Scarborough over the years; and
  • what their memories of and views on the town’s tourist experience have been.

There will be pictures to look at to help as prompts. People will also be asked their opinions about what Scarborough is like ‘out of season’, and what they think are the main needs and issues affecting the town now. 

The aim is to collect the views, opinions and memories of local people about the seaside town of Scarborough during their lifetimes. If the project proves to be successful, there will be an exhibition based on the outcomes later this year.

Other projects being worked on concern memories of the Rowntree’s store, which stood on the main street where the Brunswick Pavilion is now. Already in the pipeline, though yet to be begun, is a project on Scarborough Sport, with it being hoped that cricket, football, hockey and rugby (union and league) can be covered, as well as a host of other sports in which the town has excelled.

Anyone interested in contributing an hour to any of the above projects is urged to get in touch with Roger Hopkin via e-mail (rlhopkin@fsmail.net) during the next couple of weeks when the work will be getting started.

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