This website allows you to search the holdings of the Isles of Scilly Museum's Oral History Archive. The archive contains interviews with local people and videos of plays, performances, local events and landscapes. All of the recordings are stored as DVDs, CDs or computer files in the Isles of Scilly Museum, but some of the video interviews have been digitised and can be viewed online. Where this is the case, your search will return a link from which you can view the file. If you wish to view something which is not available online, you will need to contact the Isles of Scilly Museum.
This project is a collaboration between the Isles of Scilly Museum and the English Language and Linguistics Programme at the University of Sheffield. Our aim is to continue to grow the archive in order to learn more about Scilly's history, community, migration and social and economic change.
This archive gives local people the opportunity to represent themselves in their own words. It also provides a resource which can be use to answer questions such as: What is it like to live on Scilly? Is Scilly changing? What does it mean to be a Scillonian, or a local, or an Islander?
The website and our database will be an extension of the artefacts that you can find in the Isles of Scilly Museum. Our aim is to document history as it is lived on Scilly today.