Diss, Wymondham, Harleston and Loddon to feature in innovative digital history project

PUBLISHED: 09:00 26 October 2015 | UPDATED: 09:59 26 October 2015

Diss market place in 1979

Diss market place in 1979


They are four market towns that have kept their character over the years as they continue to draw in visitors and expand.

And now Diss, Wymondham, Harleston and Loddon are set to feature in a first of its kind project that is using modern technology to capture people’s memories of the towns for future generations to enjoy.

A digital storytelling project has been set up which will see people able to create their own database of memories, anecdotes and events linked to each town over the years.

Using Ipads, participants who sign up to the scheme will be given advice on how to create their own digital stories lasting two to three minutes with a mixture of images and audio.

The chronicling of the history of south Norfolk has been set up by South Norfolk Council, the East Anglia Film Archive, which is operated by the University of East Anglia, and Ipswich-based Chronicle Digital Storytelling

Organisers say the project, which will see the work going online, is seeking a broad range of stories and recollections that could relate to memories of events and happenings, personal recollections of childhood, family or friends, holidays, tributes and reflections, or other interesting anecdotes related to the towns.

Martin Wilby, deputy leader of South Norfolk Council, said: “For as long as we can remember, communities have passed on their history through the art of telling stories.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to make sure that the traditions and folklore of south Norfolk are recorded and made safe for future generations. South Norfolk is a unique place and we must celebrate the people and characters that make it so special.”

The first workshops will be held at the council’s headquarters in Swan Lane, Long Stratton, on November 25 and 30.

John Royle, co-founder of Chronicle Digital Storytelling, said: “We are very pleased to be working with the East Anglia Film Archive and South Norfolk Council on this exciting project.

“Sharing memories and recollections is a fun and engaging way for people within our community to connect with each other and to the places where they live, work and relax. It is also a great way to capture the culture, lifestyle and heritage of these places.

“By using digital technologies we help people to preserve, access and share local memories in new ways. We hope that people of all ages will come forward to share their stories and be a part of this exciting initiative.”

The organisers are also appealing for people to send in any old films and photographs which could be digitised for the project.

Dr Keith Johnston, director of the East Anglia Film Archive, said: “We are pleased to be part of this innovative project about the heritage of Norfolk’s market towns.

“Using a range of moving image material from our archive together with films and images sourced from individuals, we will be able to illustrate stories about Harleston, Loddon, Diss and Wymondham.”

For more information on the project, to register for workshops or to send in images and films, contact Mr Royle on 07752 191710 or at

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