What's the Story Newton Abbot? The question is the impetus for a series of radio programmes and podcasts made by Newton Abbot Museum that will share stories of the town from the past.
Museum volunteers are learning new recording and broadcast skills with local community broadcast experts Soundart Radio and the museum community worker, Kate Green. They are taking microphones and recorders home to capture stories and walks, and interviews are being conducted across the internet. Oral history recordings from the museum archive are being added into the mix too.
“We are finding a different way for stories of the town to be told when people are unable to visit the museum due to Covid-19 pandemic. Although we have had over 700 visitors since we opened in October, there are many people who are not coming out at the moment and this is an ideal way for us to reach them. We will be making 10 radio programmes and 10 podcasts across the coming months and we are all full of anticipation about how they will sound. “, said Kate Green, the community worker for Newton Abbot Museum.
Funding for this project has come from the South West Museum Development Fund who are helping museums reach people who cannot currently visit museums due to Covid-19 restrictions.