Heritage Stories

Couple eating toasted marshmallows

In 2021, we started a project called Campfire Heritage Stories with the goal to tell heritage stories of members of our community whose heritage comes from further afield.

Stories of home, food, journeys, family, celebrations and traditions were shared around a campfire, marshmallows were toasted and we worked with Oral Historian, Jonathan Kempster, to record these stories so that they could be shared across our digital channels to the wider community and to add to our collection.

We invited three special guests, who live and/or work in Buckinghamshire, to tell their stories round the campfire – Mei Sim Merry (Hong Kong), Irfan Arif (Pakistan), and Rabbi Neil Janes, who leads the South Bucks Jewish Community.

Feedback from the event was brilliant with visitors telling us that they felt engaged, curious, included and inspired.

Following the success of our first Heritage Stories Campfire event, we plan to make capturing and telling more heritage stories part of our annual activities.

So, grab yourself a cup of tea, get comfortable and listen to the stories captured at the event in October 2021.


Additional interview with Mei Sim Merry (Hong Kong)

Additional interview with Irfan Arif (Pakistan)

Heritage Stories Words and Meanings

Visitors who also decided to share their stories on the day

If you are a resident of the Chilterns and would like to share your heritage story then please contact Jacqui Gellman on outreach@coam.org.uk

This event was kindly supported by the Rothschild Foundation as part of a Buckinghamshire Cultural Outreach Group Project.

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