Somerset Voices

Welcome to the Somerset Voices oral history archive website.


The archive is a unique collection of over 500 recordings of twentieth century Somerset life.


Recording began in the 1970s, and the collection captures the distinctive life of Somerset people, told through their own memories and voices.


The recordings give details of past occupations, pastimes, customs and events. Somerset’s horsehair weaving, basket-making, willow industry, peat-digging, wassailing, farming and cider-making are all described.


Listening to the archive allows you to discover how major events touched the lives of ordinary people.


What impact did the Second World War have on Somerset?  How did the arrival of tractors change farming in the county?


Collage image of contributors to the Somerset Voices project.



Disclaimer: Whilst Somerset County Council makes every effort to keep the information on this website accurate, we disclaim any warranty or representation, express or implied about its accuracy, completeness or appropriateness for a particular purpose. Thus, you assume full responsibility for using the information at this website, and you understand and agree that neither Somerset County Council nor any of its employees or contributors is responsible or liable for any claim, loss or damage resulting from its use.


Copyright: Contributors' introductions and audio recordings are copyright ©SRLM. The recordings on this site are for private listening only; copying, broadcasting or reproduction is prohibited. All photographs unless otherwise stated are copyright ©SRLM.