‘Voices of the Forest’ – can you help?

Roger Deeks, one of the Society’s members, is working on a project which is part of the
Foresters Forest Heritage project which aims to capture the experiences of people employed
in the Forest and their occupational histories. Roger is speaking to the Society about the
project next April.
To date he has spoken with two former employees from New Fancy as part of the
‘Voices from the Forest’ series being undertaken by the University of Gloucestershire.
Eventually, all the interviews will be catalogued and accessible in the Dean Heritage
Centre and researchers will be encouraged to use the collection.
One of the harder groups of people to find are those surviving from the now extinct
industries particularly:
Lydney Tin Plate Works
In domestic service (it continued as a form of employment until well after WW2)
The brick industry (Broadmoor or anywhere)
The chemical/distillations works at Cannop
Munitions in WW2
He is interested in any other, preferably land based occupations and skills that should
be recorded.
If you know of anyone who could be interviewed please let Roger know by
emailing roger.nedstop@btinternet.com  or calling 01594 517053.

Visit our website at forestofdeanhistory.org.uk

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