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On behalf of the Dulverton and District Civic Society, Birdie Johnson has travelled throughout Exmoor with her recorder, listening to people's life stories. Whatever their profession, whether blacksmith, chambermaid, farm worker or landed gentry, Exmoor's older generation shared their lives with us. The result is over 200 hours of recording, giving a unique insight into life on the moor during the 20th century. The archive is accompanied by the book REFLECTIONS, life portraits of Exmoor, in which photographer Mark Rattenbury's intuitive photographs capture an element of the contributors' personalities.

This website is an introduction to the Exmoor oral history project, and the rich archive it has created.  It includes audio clips of each of the recordings.  An audio CD with longer extracts from a number of the recordings is included in the book.

Last updated:
19 June 2014

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Copyright: Contributors' introductions and audio recordings are copyright Birdie Johnson, LifeStories. The recordings on this site are for private listening only; copying, broadcasting or reproduction is prohibited. All photographs unless otherwise stated are copyright Mark J Rattenbury. Website designed by Janet Tall, Somerset Archive and Local Studies Service.