The world has undergone tremendous change in the last 50 years, so during 2011 the Epsom and Ewell Local & Family History Centre will be creating five separate displays each recalling different aspects of life in the 1950s. Once a display has been shown in the History Centre they plan to move it to other locations in the Borough to give everybody a chance to see them. The topics for the displays will be:
Fifties Fashion (March 2011)
Living in the Fifties (May 2011)
Children in the Fifties (July 2011)
The Media in the Fifties (September 2011)
Epsom and Ewell in the Fifties (November 2011)
(They will also be running their usual Family History Day during October on a date still to be decided).
They hope that the displays will encourage people to give them their own memories of the Fifties so leaving a valuable record for future generations. So download one of the special forms or pick a form up from the History Centre, and start putting 'pen to paper' and record your memories. Alternatively you can email your memories to the webmaster using the link on the left.
Some of the accounts will be added to this website (see below) and/or will be displayed in the History Centre.
There are no restrictions on what you can write about providing that it is relevant to the 1950s, but remember they want your memories - not fiction. As for length anything from a paragraph to about 2000 words will be fine, and you can send in as many different accounts as you like. Please ensure that you include your name, address and if possible a telephone number, so that they can get back to you should they need to.
They would also like any relevant photographs, documents or other items, that would help illustrate your account so please attach a copy for them to keep. For any original photos etc. that you want back please let them know the details and they will contact you about scanning them into a computer.
During the November display the History Centre will also be having some sessions when their volunteers will be on hand to take down your Fifties stories.