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15 October 2014
WW2 - People's War

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Basingstoke Talking History is a project run by the Basingstoke Archaeological and Historical Society in association with the Willis Museum. Over 100 interviews were recorded for the Museum in the 1990s (ref. M1 onwards) and 135 have been recorded by the BTH group (BAHS 1-135 and continuing). Extracts are submitted here by "babstoke". Some interviews were specifically carried out for the anniversaries of D-Day and VE/VJ Days. All speakers in the stories submitted have given their permission for them to be included on this website.

The Society's website is and the Willis Museum can be found on www.hantsweb

Original recordings, synopses and transcriptions are held in the Wessex Film and Sound Archive (Hampshire Record Office) with copies in the Resources Room of the Willis Museum.

Barbara Applin is the organiser of Basingstoke Talking History and has submitted her own childhood memories of wartime in St Helens (then Lancashire, now Merseyside).

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