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TELLING OUR STORIES, FINDING OUR ROOTS at The Burton at Bideford

The main aim of the project has been to capture the experiences of local members of different cultural communities through conducting oral history interviews. These fascinating recordings have revealed many unexpected and unique stories. Rose Young-French, Community Heritage Coordinator for Bideford, says of the interviews, “At first it was surprising to me just how culturally diverse Bideford is; we found people have settled here from all over the world. It has been both enjoyable and an honour hearing so many wonderful accounts. Most have raised families here and consider North Devon a very special and beautiful place to live and work”.

The research process has been supported by the Town Mayor, Peter Christie, who notes one particularly important Bideford story: “On his return from North America in 1885/6, Sir Richard Grenville brought a Native American, who became a Christian and was baptised in St Mary’s church. He died in 1589 and was buried in the churchyard”. 

A series of commissioned photographic portraits together with interviews form the centrepiece of this exhibition at the Burton, which runs until 6th February – free admission.

Telling Our Stories Finding Our Roots at the Burton at Bideford information poster running until 6 February 2021

 

 

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