Jack patiently explains the joys of posts to the website team (John is taking the picture)
John Palmer
Fiddly microphones at our oral history interviewer training in 2011, with Jean, Anita and Babs.
Anna Tooth

We are very fortunate to have lots of volunteers working with us, including our historian and treasurer. An enormous thank you to each and every one of them.

Website Team

This website has been created by volunteers, under the guidance of Jack Latimer at Community Sites. The members of our website team are:

Juliet Brain, Clare Christopher, Alex Howie, Rita Jacob, John Palmer, Mary Stephens and Pam Wall.

The website was patiently and thoroughly proof-read by Naomi Parkes.

Oral History Volunteers

We have completed two oral history projects, under the guidance of our Oral History expert Babs Gibson. We couldn’t have done such a good job without the enormous amount of work put in by our volunteers.

Oral History Interviewers : Before the Bridge Project

David Austerberry, Emily Cooper, Susan Daniell, Sarah Holyoake, Jean McFarland, Anita Odor and Catherine Sample

Oral History Interviewers : Jubilee Project

Mick Cooney, Suzanne Harvey, Sue Phillips and Pam Wall

Oral History Transcribers : Before the Bridge and Jubilee Projects

Laura Austin, Chloe Battle, Suzanne Bell, Judith Casey, Julie Clamp, Emily Cooper, Rita Jacob, Simone Mattinson, Jo Smith and Francesca Stout

Oral History Proof Readers : Before the Bridge Project

Jess Ashforth, Peter Hughes, Suzy Kirby and Pam Wall

Oral History Technical Team : Before the Bridge Project

David Austerberry, Graeme Budd, Peter Hughes, Andy McKay and Alan Watling

Oral History Technical Volunteer: Educational Resources

Many thanks to Troy Dowling of the BTEC Extended Diploma in Music Technology, Salisbury College

“As a volunteer, I really enjoyed learning more about Salisbury, in particular the local history of the Milford Street area, especially as it is in my immediate neighbourhood. It was fascinating to meet the interviewees and help facilitate the telling of their stories. I feel more part of the local community myself as a result.” (Oral History Interviewer)

“I joined the Milford Street Bridge Project because I am interested in local history. As a relative newcomer to Salisbury it was also a good way of meeting people and learning about my new home. I was also pleased to learn transcribing – a skill which ties in well with my editorial experience” (Oral History Transciber).

Volunteer Researchers

As well as hearing first hand about life in Salisbury, we looked through local publications from the start of the twentieth century onwards. The information from this research complemented the oral histories, as well as throwing up its own fascinating gems. The researchers were:

Mark Blackburn, Rita Jacob, Katharine Lay, Frogg Moody, Alison Pascalides, Eve Shillingford, Francesca Stout and Rita Taylor.

Our historian, George Fleming, also undertook an enormous amount of research for which we are very grateful.

“I look at my local area with new eyes now. I found researching my own street particularly interesting, and it was incidental things like exactly who inhabited the houses, how many had lodgers etc that was the most interesting. I also learnt about the mechanics of historical research – not least how time consuming it can be to get information from local newspaper archives”  (Volunteer Researcher).

Other Volunteers


John Palmer, Alison Pascalides, Francesca Stout and Anna Topp.

Event Helpers and Flier / Newsletter Distributors

We have had a large number of volunteers who have helped at events, and the St Edmunds Street Co-ordinators have delivered our fliers and newsletters house to house. A big thank you to you all!

“A great project which gave me the opportunity to meet new people and get involved in a local community initiative. It also allowed me to learn such a lot about the history of Salisbury and what an interesing city it is” (Event Volunteer)

Comments about this page

  • You’ve done a fantastic job – what an excellent and absorbing project and website!

    By Liz Payne (23/09/2014)

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