A significant part of the the Oxford Canal Heritage project has been the collection of memories from people who have lived and worked on the canal in past times, of present day boaters who live and work from residential canal boats and from others with particular interests and connections to the Oxford Canal. These voices provide an authentic picture of life on the canal both past and present.
The project manager and volunteer oral historians interviewed the 28 people whose oral histories make up the Oxford Canal Heritage Oral History collection. Some had been brought up on boats, some had mothers fathers and remembered grandparents working on the boats, others live on narrow boats now or provide services on the canal. Some of our interviewees were born and lived near the canal all their lives and throw a light on communities of several decades ago in Wolvercote and Jericho. We hear the voices of young people and of people who are now octageneraians. You will be able hear them too if you visit the Oxfordshire History Centre. Find out more