Our growing team of Honiton volunteers met last week to share emerging stories. In a precarious world there is a sense that the project offers some peace and contentment. That in some small way it helps to make a better world; something that sounds ambitious but is not impossible.

From a diverse range of backgrounds, our team of volunteers are eager to bring alive their newly-discovered stories by appealing to all the senses: audio recordings, visual and tactile materials, in-person story telling.

Romany links to the town, the housing of Basque refugees during the Spanish Civil War, and stories of Fijian and Black American Servicemen based at Dunkeswell Airfield in WW11 are just a few on our growing list of leads – with volunteers choosing an area of interest and getting stuck in – and with recent archive training at Devon Heritage Centre and upcoming oral history training they are well-equipped!

If you have a story to tell about Honiton or Ilfracombe’s multicultural past, or would like to be part of our team of volunteer researchers we would love to hear from you. Contact Jess (Honiton) at jesstosfor@gmail.com or Abi (Ilfracombe) abitosfor@gmail for more information.