This project began in 2019 when we were awarded a grant from the Port of Tyne Community Fund to collect twelve shipyard memories. We approached people in our local network to find families who had worked in the yards and were extremely lucky to find a wide range of individuals who were happy to share their stories. All of the stories were digitally recorded then transcribed and archived by the Remembering the Past team. We are incredibly proud of this project because we managed to finish it in spite of the Covid19 pandemic, which interrupted the work at a critical time.
Two things, in particular, emerged as the stories were collected. Firstly, there was a huge response from ex-shipyard workers to tell their stories and we shall continue to add more of them to the collection. The other thing that impressed us was the range of skills that those interviewed had gained and what valuable insights they shared with us about the way the yards operated. Yet again, the project was a joy to work on, especially as it was a first for several new volunteers. We hope that you enjoy reading and listening to the memories that emerged from our contributors.