Content idea: local memories

A bit of local history or heritage on your site makes for some lovely content that often gets people reminiscing in your comments box.  You could try including an element of this in your site by:

Talking to a local resident or ex-resident about their memories of the area and publishing this online, either as a film or sound recording, or simple write-up of what was said if you do not have recording equipment.  Above is an interview of pub landlady Anne Tighe talking of her memories of Birmingham, which was published on Digbeth is Good.

Do you have any old local newsletters or parish magazines lying around? You could try publishing a picture of these online, like Hayes People’s History have done with the Clarion Club Newspaper.

Drimnagh schoolyard in the 1940s on Drimnagh is Good

Do you have, or can you find any old photos of the area? Post these on your website as Pauline Sargent has done on Drimnagh is Good: ‘Drimnagh in the Old Days’.  Ask your readers if they might have any information or memories associated with the image to encourage feedback.

More archive websites (check copyright conditions before reusing on your site):

Nicky Getgood

Nicky is the Communications Manager at Talk About Local – recruiting, training and working with IT trainers and active citizens across the UK to help them create and develop simple yet effective community websites and online profiles. Nicky is currently overseeing Talk About Local's Networking for Work project, helping jobseekers to take control of their online profiles and look their best online.

Nicky managed the popular Birmingham hyperlocal website Digbeth is Good since it began in May 2008 until moving to Cardiff in December 2011, where she helps organise regular Canton Social Media Surgeries.Nicky is interested in ways of using storytelling, game-playing and events within communities to tell their stories and effect positive change.