The Banffshire Memories Project
The last 70 years have been a time of great change throughout the world, reflected in the stories of of our own area. Banffshire residents of more senior years have experienced all these changes at first hand, and have remarkable tales to tell of life as it was in historic Banffshire. The Banffshire Memories Project aims to collect stories from our area that will illustrate life as it was, the changes that affected our area or perhaps special events.
The new video below gives an update on the project.
What makes a good story?
Some examples of the topics that might form the basis of the stories include:
Special family occasions (e.g. births, weddings and deaths)
Festivals and community events (e.g. Christmas, local fairs or shows)
Sporting or social activities
Events linked to national or international events or people (e.g. WW2, royal visits, death of George VI or coronation of Queen Elizabeth)
Extreme weather (e.g. storms)
Special achievements by local groups
For hints on how you might collect the memories and what might be included, this leaflet from BBC History gives some good ideas:
All stories submitted will be added to a website that will be available to the public, including schools, for local history studies, family tree research or general interest.
Several of the entries will also be selected to be printed as a book. This will be published to mark the 70th anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen’s reign and a copy will be presented to her. Copies will also be sold in shops and tourist venues across historic Banffshire. Any profits will go to local charities.
Submit a story
Entries can be submitted either from your own memories or on behalf of someone else. When preparing stories please note that entries should be no more than 200 words in length. Some people may have already have written down their memories, if so here is an opportunity to share stories with a wider audience.
If you wish to provide more than one story, please submit each story separately.
Entries can be made either directly through the Banffshire Field Club website
Download the Banffshire Memories Story Form
Send the completed form by email attachment to:
or post to:
Banffshire Memories, 10 Wood Street, Banff AB45 1JX