Re-discover spoken history says Islwyn MP
More should be done to promote first-hand spoken history records, Islwyn MP Chris Evans has argued.
The history of the South Wales Valleys, from the experiences of striking miners to the decline of the coal industry, has regularly been passed on through word of mouth.
However, after giving a lecture to the Fleur-de-Lys history society on former Merthyr MP SO Davies, Mr Evans has warned that these stories risk being lost forever if the memories and experiences of older generations are not recorded.
Speaking after the lecture, Mr Evans said: “When researching or reading about history our first stop is often old documents or history books.
“However, these tend to focus on political giants and world changing events, missing out the stories of people who lived through different times and experienced historical events first hand.
“Oral history gives us a chance to capture the personal stories of ordinary people and provide us with a different perspective on our past.
“If everybody took an hour to sit down with a tape recorder and speak to an older family member, neighbour or friend, we can give younger generations the opportunity to re-live our history and discover their heritage.”Follow @CaerphillyObsvr