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Oral Histories Project Tells The Story of Cambridge Arts Theatre’s History

Cambridge Arts Theatre is thrilled to launch Oral Histories, created as part of the Behind the Scenes project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Actors, creatives, audience members, staff, volunteers, and trustees are among the first to share their memories of the Theatre in a series of sound recordings which can be listened to via the Cambridge Arts Theatre website.

The Behind the Scenes project aims to explore the history of Cambridge Arts Theatre through its archive, ultimately cataloguing, protecting and sharing the Theatre’s archive. The Oral History recordings were facilitated and recorded by Cambridge sixth form students, who volunteered and were trained by the Oral History Society as part of the project.

Oral History is the collection and study of historical information about individuals, important events, or everyday life using audiotapes or transcriptions of interviews.

Anne Jenkins, Director (England, Midlands and East) at National Lottery Heritage Fund: ‘We are delighted to support Cambridge Arts Theatre in recording the heritage of the theatre. This grant, made possible by the National Lottery players, ensures that the voices and memories of the community can be heard for generations to come.’

Emily Bowen, student at Hills Road Sixth Form College and project volunteer: ‘It has been really interesting learning about oral histories and getting the chance to record people’s memories. The people I have spoken with have shared really personal stories which wouldn’t otherwise be documented in the Theatre’s written records.’

Cambridge Arts Theatre will continue to collect Oral Histories of the Theatre in the coming year and is interested to hear memories and experiences from anyone with a story to share. For more information or to record your Oral History please contact:

Katherine Moar, Development Officer
01223 578 926


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