Southport’s Lost Voices


A new project is being launched in Sefton aimed at capturing the memories of local residents.

Called ‘Sefton’s Lost Voices’, Sefton Council’s Library Service is running the project to record individual historical recollections of the borough before they are lost forever.

This could be anything from snippets of early school life, work life, holidays or any memories from the war.

Sefton’s library service is currently seeking volunteers to record and edit the memories of people before they are lost forever.

The recording will be used by the person and the family as an ‘aide-memoir’ and can also be used as a keepsake for the family.

A second recording will also be kept in Sefton’s library archive which will be available to schools and community groups studying social history. These will provide an invaluable insight into Sefton’s history, from the people who lived through it for future generations.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member Children, Schools, Families and Leisure, said: “This is a very exciting project as we aim to record important information about our past.

“We are currently looking for volunteers to visit people in their homes or at social events who will sit and chat about the person’s life, while recoding the conversation.

“We are also looking for volunteers to download and edit the oral histories, once they have been recorded. Training will be given to both sets of volunteers, and handouts will also be provided so please consider this.

“Not only will volunteers learn more about their local history, they will also be storing it for future generations to come.”

If you are interested in volunteer for this project, please email [email protected] or call 0151 330 5232 for more information.

Once the volunteers are in place, Sefton Council will be looking for people who would like to record their memories as part of the project.


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