Talk on ‘Spaicial Folk wi Spaicial Stories’

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Ian Landles will be giving a talk on his vast collection of oral histories at the Heritage Hub, Heart of Hawick at 7pm on Tuesday, June 23.

Retired teacher and local historian Ian Landles has been collecting oral histories since the early 1960s. In 2014 he donated his collection of 150 cassette tapes to The Heritage Hub.

The cassettes were then digitised by specialists Tobar and Dualchais with generous financial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The collection started life as a project for one of his High School history classes, but gradually Ian began collecting people’s stories on his own.

Subjects such as school days, working life and the First World War are covered, with some stories harking back more than a century.

Over the years he has built up a fascinating picture of how the people of Hawick have lived and worked over the years.

The fact that many of those Ian recorded were Teries also gives the tapes great linguistic significance.

Heritage Hub archive manager Paul Brough said: “These are truly important recordings for their focus on one location, their wide timespan, diverse content and in particular for their capturing of a series of Teri voices.”

The sound recordings will be accessible through Scran and a list of the interviewees is available from the Heritage Hub.

The tapes are already the catalyst for projects taking place at local schools and the Heritage Hub is looking for volunteers to help with transcription of the tapes.

The event is free, but places are limited so booking is essential. Those wishing to book should contact The Heritage Hub on 01450 360699.

For more information, contact Mr Brough on 01450 360699

Scran(website – www.scran.ac.uk) is a charitable online learning service with more than 480,000 images and media from museums, galleries, and archives.

Its charitable purpose is “the advancement of education by enabling public access to Scottish cultural resources and related material.”