As part of our successfull Changing Sudbury project, we are interviewing local residents about their memories of the area from about the 1950s onwards. We have collected 15 interviews so far, and we’d love to hear more! Your memories are a value for future generations. Listen to Barbara talking about her first TV, and get in touch if it tickles your memory… We’d love to hear from you!
We had a TV, like lot of people, for the Coronation, the Queen’s Coronation in 1953. Not many people had televisions in our area anyway before then, and we wanted to watch the Coronation, so they had… I think it was called ‘Radio Rentals’ in Wembley, and there were a lot of renting places for televisions in those days, in fact not many people bought a television, you would rent it, so we rented this television for the Coronation, and I remember that that morning my mum prepared the lunch early, it was when my aunt was still living upstairs, so she came down and we all sat around this television all day, to watch the television, to watch the Coronation. The size of the television screen would have been about 12 inches. Barbara
‘Changing Sudbury’ is a community heritage project aiming to record the social and cultural history of Sudbury Town, Wembley, since the 1950s through to the present day, using a mixture of oral history interviews, an exhibition, booklet, website and a short film. The project will interview older adults and record their memories of the area, collect and display an archive of related material, and disseminate learning experiences for local school aged children and young adults on how their community has developed in the last 60 years. ‘Changing Sudbury’ is a 1-year project, delivered by Sudbury Neighbourhood Centre and supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.