A Journey in Time – an appeal for volunteer researchers

Do you want to take a journey in time?

Worthing historian, Chris Hare, of History People UK, is recruiting and training a team of research volunteers, who will use the society’s extensive archive as the basis for their research. Volunteers will also visit West Sussex Record Office in Chichester and consult the documents they have there that are relevant to the project, including the records of East Preston Workhouse and those of Milton House in Worthing, which was opened in 1937 as the county’s first purpose-built residential home for blind people.

These two gentlemen seems to be enjoying themselves at a Christmas party 55 years ago

These two gentlemen seems to be enjoying themselves at a Christmas party 55 years ago

Other volunteers will be trained to record oral history interviews of the lives of blind and partially sighted people in Worthing and build up a picture of the changing experience of this community over the course of time. At the end of the two-year project there will be a book and DVD published and a public exhibition held in the town.

Chris will be running four training sessions for potential Journey in Time volunteers on four consecutive Friday afternoons from 8th – 29th April. These sessions are free and open to everyone although it is essential that places are booked in advance as places are limited.

Worthing Society for the Blind - 7 - BowlingNo previous historical knowledge or research experience is expected or assumed and it is hoped that all those with an interest in local history, oral history or the blind community in Worthing will feel able to join this very special and unusual project.

Chris is very keen to hear from any blind or partially sighted person in the town who would like to share their experiences with the oral history team.

If you are interested please see the booking page for more information on how to register to get involved.

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