Hornby train

Edward as toddler

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Dad in 2004A Family Album-How one persons memories can illuminate the pictures

At the end of January 2004 I interviewed my father Edward (Ted) Hitchings. I particularly wanted to find out more about his childhood and schooldays and was also hoping to learn more about his family, especially my Grandparents who I knew throughout my childhood.  My father was an only child and has taken a keen interest in the history of his parents. I felt that it was important to record his memories not only to add to the family archive but also for our relationship. An oral interview provided the opportunity to really listen to my father’s life story and learn more about his upbringing and how this affected his later life.

As we both felt quite nervous about getting started on the interview, we looked through some of his family photograph albums . They had one main album with black pages that I have loved looking at since childhood.The photographs come to life when you find out who the people were I began to feel that as a website can link pictures, text and sound, the photographs could become more meaningful if they were related to an individual’s memories and they in turn would add another element to my father's story. After the interviews my father also found other related photographs and some of his old school letters which could help to illustrate his memories.This website is a portrait of a happy 1950's childhood in a small English market town and a tribute to my father.

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