In the mid 1980s Mantle Arts’ work focused on oral history. We recorded memories of local people that stretched back to before the first world war. ‘N. W. Leicestershire Voices’ is an 18 month project, supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, that will return to these recordings, preserving them via digitisation, and use them in a range of projects to make this archive of local history more accessible. This will include three exhibitions, installations or displays, a series of CDs, a podcast, schools workshops, and a new series of oral history recordings.
The original recordings can be listened to here: https://soundcloud.com/mantle-arts-1/sets/nw-leicestershire-voices