'Memories Matter'

This project has been a collaboration between Carisbrooke Castle Museum, Isle of Wight Council Heritage Education Service and the Island Free School. It has been funded by a Young Roots grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. During 2016-17 this project has enabled young and older people to come together through an intergenerational approach to oral history.

This project has provided the opportunity for older people to have their memories recorded for posterity and given the young people new knowledge of the past through first-hand experiences. The accompanying book has been created to share these precious memories and save them for the future, so that others may learn from them. The pupils of the Island Free School have curated this book. They have chosen their favourite oral histories, researched images to bring them to life and photographed the artefacts. They hope you enjoy reading the memories and it gives you the chance to ‘step back in time’.