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EMOHA material formerly on the Leicestershire Villages website.

Please note that the Leicestershire Villages website has been discontinued by Leicestershire County Council.

In the 2000s EMOHA added short oral history clips from the Archive to village pages on the Leicestershire Villages website. Thanks to Leicestershire Villages we were able to create a large resource of sound clips dealing with a variety of rural events and issues. The full interviews these clips were taken from are part of the East Midlands Oral History Archive and you can use our online catalogue to search for details about what recordings are in the Archive.

The links below take you to individual sound clips that were originally on the oral history pages of some of the villages on the Leicestershire Villages website. This is by no means all the oral history material that was on that website but it should be enough to convince even the most ardent urbanite that there is life outside the city walls!

World War II

Barwell – Unexploded bomb

Frolesworth - Farming

Hungarton - Farming

Lutterworth - Munitions factory

Oadby – Blackout

Stanton Under Bardon – Evacuees



Blaby – Medicine

Ibstock – Local doctor anecdote

South Wigston – Tuberculosis

Waltham on the Wolds – Attitude to abortion

Wymeswold - Diptheria



Barkby & Barkby Thorpe – Victorian childhood

Quorn – End of Boer War.







Bardon – the Everards

Hungarton – the Nuttings and Lady Burnaby

Swithland – Lord Lanesborough

Woodhouse Eaves – Lady Herrick



Croft – Floods

Dunton Bassett – General Strike

Hungarton – Christmas

Ibstock – End of gas lamps

Wymeswold – Floods



Blaby – Poverty

Castle Donington – problems being left handed

Countesthorpe – Children’s home

Newton Burgoland – General memories

Stanton Under Bardon – Collections during WW2







Barkby & Barkby Thorpe - Cooking

Glenfield – Allotments

Long Clawson – Cheese making

Newton Burgoland – Local dairy

Whitwick - Fattening pigs

Woodhouse Eaves – Crow pie


World War 1

Barwell – Father going to war

Dunton Bassett – Celebrations at the end



Ashby Magna – Haymaking

Bardon – Harvest

Barrow – Hedgelaying

Frolesworth - Prisoners of War

Hungarton – Prisoner of War, Land Girls

Nether Broughton – Several generations of farmers







Bardon – Cricket & wakes

Barkby & Barkby Thorpe - School & games

Barwell – Theatre & cinema

Blaby – Fairs

Glenfield – Dances

Ibstock - Wakes

Melton – Theatre

Sharnford – Cricket

Stanton Under Bardon - Dances during WW2




Bagworth – Precision Rubbers

Bardon – Quarrying

Barrow – Hosiery

Blaby – Women working

Coalville - Mining and trade unions

Croft – Quarrying

Desford – Desford Colliery Village

Ellistown – Brick making

Hinckley - Hosiery

Kirby Muxloe – Domestic Service

Long Clawson – Cheese making

Sharnford – Where people worked, domestic service

Sileby - Trade Unions

South Wigston – Slaughterhouse

Stoke Golding - Bakery



Mountsorrel - Workhouse



Last updated: 09/09/2016
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