Oral History Project


Hambledon Heritage Society has assembled a range of audio and video recordings of villagers.

Recordings from the Heritage Society AGMs:

2024 AGM. King George V Hospital and St. Thomas’ Hospital History

2023 Hambledon Common – restoring the heath

Norman Gravestock – Curator of Oakhurst Cottage of the National Trust

Mr Milligan, son of F. E. Milligan, former Headmaster of Hambledon School:

Olive Thornton’s video of the German Airman rescue from 1942:

The full story is detailed here.

Joan Vickery on her life living in Hambledon:

Louis de Bernieres on his formative years living in Hambledon:

Recordings from a “Night to Remember” 2009:

The Heritage Society assembled for their 2009 AGM in the Village Hall – the theme was a “Night to Remember” – memories of living in Hambledon during the 1940’s.  A number of guest speakers were invited, and recordings of their stories are included here for you to listen to

Olive Thornton and here wartime rescue story:

Muriel Campbell:

Rosemary Arnold:

Marilyn Wilkes:

Terry Price:

May Denyer:

Colin Denyer: