The focus of the project is a collection of recorded interviews with people from the village; some still living here but others who moved away in adulthood, many who worked at the factory or other locations, such as the department store or on local farms. Their stories cover a wide range of events from the building of the first houses, shopping at the store, cooking without mains electricity, washing with a copper, visiting the airfield during the war, meeting evacuees from Edmonton, Polish refugees, going to the village school, playing in the fields, skipping, marbles, village dances, getting married, the Department Store fire, the ending of the sweet ration and sports such as football, cricket, tennis and badminton are just a few of the items covered.
The recordings will be transcribed and extracts will be available here when they are complete. Extracts can be heard throughout this website as commentary for some of the photographs and images, many of which have been loaned or donated by the people who have taken part in this project.
Anyone interested in taking part in this project can still be involved. Add your name to one of the leaflets distributed to every home in the village or found at the Parish Council Office, Library and other locations in Silver End, or contact us via phone or email.