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Eileen was born in 1930 and spent her childhood years on the Boundary Estate until she was evacuated in 1939. In this extract, she remembers the games that children used to play:

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Jean came to see us last week and had lots to say about St Hilda’s and what it had meant to her children in the past. Here’s some of what she told us:

Jean came to St Hilda’s at the same time as this discussion group. In the 1957 film that was made about St Hilda’s, these young people talk about marriage, work and play. We are hoping to make a film in the summer that will use some of this footage, along with our recordings of people like Jean, and compare it with the youth projects that run today in our community centre.

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Volunteer training

On Saturday 17th April, 7 volunteer interviewers gave up their Saturday to be trained as oral historians. The training was held by Rib Davis, an oral historian and community playwright, and covered background information about oral history as well as interview techniques and legal issues. In the afternoon, we all learned how to use the recording equipment, which seemed very complicated at first!

Our team includes local residents, students from the University of East London, and people who are interested in oral history. In the next few weeks we will be practising our interview skills and then getting started on the proper interviews! If you want to tell a story about your memories of St Hilda’s to our newly trained volunteers, please get in touch.

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