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Tales from the River - Thetford Library Drop-in Event

May 3, 2022

Gathering Tales from the River, Thetford Library, 3 May, 11:00 to 3:30


Come along to Thetford Library on Tuesday 3 May, have a look at some old photos of Thetford and have a chat with volunteers about your memories of the river.


The Tales from the River project is holding a drop-in session, 11:00 to 3:30, when you can come and tell us your stories about swimming, fishing, boating or other watery activities in Thetford or anywhere else in the Brecks. Did you swim or dive in the lido, or splash about in the river? We hope to learn about and celebrate how people enjoyed the rivers in previous years. More info in the project’s Info Sheet


We will have some historic photos available in the library, and project volunteers will be here to have a chat with you. You can pop in any time during the session, or arrange a time with us in advance. Contact or


Why is recording your stories so important?

‘Everyone, irrespective of their background, has a unique story to tell. Oral history allows people whose voices might not otherwise be heard to share their experiences. The act of retelling life events can help people understand their lives and often contribute to a sense of wellbeing and identity both for individuals and communities. At their most powerful, oral histories can explain, enrich understanding and encourage empathy with others.’


The project to discover Brecks swimming and recreation heritage, Tales from the River, is part of The Brecks Fen Edge & Rivers Landscape Partnership Scheme, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.