Oral History Project


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

Recordings from the Heritage Society AGMs:

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: