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"I wish I had listened to my grandfather's stories". "Did you write down all those wonderful experiences?"
"I hope you checked through your parents' papers in the attic."

It's trite to say that history is being made all the time; but it's also being lost all the time as people's experiences die with them. To be interesting to later generations experiences don't have to be dramatic, historic or in outlandish places. Even day to day events in the past have their interest because the environment in which they took place has disappeared. This website is devoted to preserving those first-hand accounts which could so easily be lost. Like antiques, their value may not be apparent until later. This site is new and will hopefully benefit from many more contributions. Do help us to grow if you can add any records of first hand experiences.

Latest Stories...

Title Summary Subject Where Year Author
Jazz and Eel Pie Island The story of Eel Pie Island and the jazz played there Every Day Life England 1954-1971 John Platt
Bombay during the Raj Early Life in Bombay in the Days of the Raj Every Day Life India 1943 Makis Aperghis
Basic RAF Training Life for National Servicemen during RAF initial Training at Padgate Military England 1951 Alan Douglas
Letters from the First World War Detailed account of training and the tank corps in WW1 but not on the front line. Military Europe 1917-1919 Hugh Douglas
Trekking in Kashmir Idiosyncratic advice for trekking in Kashmir in the days of the Raj Travel World Wide 1945 Graham Morris

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