History program gets digital boost

A PUSH by Gloucester Historical Society to record oral histories of Gloucester residents has received a welcome boost.

 Bucketts Radio has donated a laptop computer and microphone to the Historical Society to grow its hugely popular ‘History Today’ program.

Following the retirement of presenter Robin Budge, Bucketts Radio was keen to expand its History Today program.

“We’ve received funding from the Community Broadcasting Foundation to expand the program, but part of the funding arrangement was that more people would be involved to tell their stories,” station spokesperson Calida Holstein said.

Historical Society president Aled Hoggett said the opportunity to contribute to the program, while at the same time benefiting the museum, was too good an opportunity to pass up.

“Robin retiring left a huge hole in our cooperation with the radio station,” he said.

“But we now have an opportunity to liven the museum up.

“Currently all our displays are static displays, audio and visual displays will certainly make the museum more dynamic.”

Mr Hoggett said one of the first projects he would like to complete is a recording of passages from a World War One field diary owned by the Historical Society.

“At the moment it’s locked in a display cabinet, but I’m itching to open it up and get people to read sections from the diary as part of an audio display,” he said.

Bucketts Radio recently undertook an initiative of its own by recording two historic driving tours in the Gloucester district.

Robin Budge and Bruce O’Connor have recorded more than four hours of audio which they hope to edit for people travelling on the road to Copeland and south on the Bucketts Way.

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