West Barns Memories
The links below take you directly to audio clips. They are from recordings made for the Story of West Barns mini-exhibition at the John Gray Centre and were collected during the summer of 2015. The oral histories capture some of the deep knowledge still retained in the village. All the contributors grew up in a close-knit community. Generations of their families lived and worked in West Barns. They can take the story back in time beyond living memory as they remember tales of their childhoods. The West Barns memories were contributed by Ally Knox, Peter Aitchison and Tyner Barber.
These snippets are just a taster of the information collected by the volunteers while compiling the Story of West Barns. The full recordings have been deposited as part of the Archives and Local History Collection at the John Gray Centre. As well as their memories, many residents contributed photographs and artefacts. Some of these are on display in the mini-exhibition; others were photographed or copied for the archive. The village historian Ally Knox even allowed the team to take digital copies of his research notes, for which we are deeply grateful.