As part of Callander’s Landscape, the Callander Heritage Society is running an oral history project focused on capturing the memories of people in Callander and how their lives have been shaped by the landscape around them. Monica from the Callander Heritage Society tells us more about this exciting project and how you can help…

The area around Callander is steeped in history and the people that live here have many unique stories to tell. This project will mainly involve work with older people in Callander, who we hope will be keen to share their experiences and reminiscences.

Volunteers will help us record interviews, transcribe the content, and archive the results. We hope that by undertaking interviews, our volunteers will forge new friendships or strengthen existing connections with older people.

Even for people who no longer live here, Callander exerts a magnetic pull. There is huge interest in Callander’s history from ex-residents and people from abroad with family ties to the town. It is hoped that these new interviews will strengthen Callander’s links with its diaspora in the United States, Canada, Australia, and across the world.

Our initial target for this project is to undertake 20 interviews with local people. Building on this, the Callander Heritage Society has a long-term ambition to establish a dedicated oral history hub in Callander, which will continue this work and provide a lasting legacy.

For this project to be a success, we need your help! If you or anyone you know would be interested in being interviewed for this project then please get in touch.

We’re also looking for volunteer interviewers, who will benefit from a training course in oral history techniques run by the University of Strathclyde in Callander around October/November 2019.

Help us to preserve the memories of Callander’s past for the generations of the future.

To find out how you can get involved as an interviewer or interviewee, please contact Ross at ross.crawford@lochlomond-trossachs.org or 07970 607583