Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust are launching ‘Canal Memories’, a project to capture the memories of people who lived and worked on the canals in the Black Country. A team of volunteers are eager to capture these unique stories and experiences and are aware that this rich history needs to be preserved for future generations.
“We would like to encourage people to share their memories of the canals with our friendly volunteers to contribute to a living history of the canal network in the Black Country”, said Holly Wain, Heritage Activities Assistant at Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust. “Perhaps you worked on the canals, or you called the canals your home. Maybe you have family history linked to canals, or the industry here in the area. We would love to hear from you!”
If you would like to share your canal memories or you want some more information, please contact Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust for an informal chat. Call on 0121 557 6265, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to take part in the oral history project, interviewees will be recorded by volunteers either on site at the Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust’s Portal building or at a location preferable to the interviewee.
Major funding partners for the project to create the Portal include the European Regional Development Fund £997,000, Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) £989,200, Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership £755,000 and Biffa Award £500,000. Other charitable donors include The Garfield Weston Foundation, J P Getty Jr Charitable Trust, Headley Trust, The Wolfson Foundation, Dudley Canal Trust, Dudley Canal Trust (Trips), and £30,000 raised by a public appeal.