Banffshire Memories Project 

The Banffshire Memories Project


The last 70 years have been a time of great change throughout the world.  No less so than here in historic Banffshire.  Those more senior in years have lived through these changes.  The Banffshire Memories Project aims to collect stories from our area. These stories will illustrate life as it was, the changes that affected our area or perhaps special events. The video below introduces the project. For information on submitting stories, jump to the 'submit a story' section here.

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)

  • School life

  • Workplace

  • Family life

  • 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


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 memory 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.


Entries can be made either directly through the Banffshire Field Club website

Banffshire Field Club


Download the Banffshire Memories Story Form

Banffshire Memories Story Form


Send the completed form by email attachment to:

or post to:

Banffshire Memories, 10 Wood Street, Banff AB45 1JX

If you wish to provide more than one story, please submit each story separately.


For hints on how you might collect the memories and what might be included, this leaflet from BBC History gives some good ideas:

BBC History: A Guide to Oral History


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