Early Memories

The Eighties

Community Spirit

The Nineties

Present Day

Moulsecoomb Members  

A view of Moulsecoomb

A view of Moulsecoomb

When researching local history, oral history is a valid source. Oral history gives an understanding of the area from a personal viewpoint, from the voice within and not just from an interpretation of an outsider looking in on the subject. The historian Paul Thompson states, "Oral history...can give back to the people who made and experienced history, through their own words, a central place."(The Oral History Reader 1998, p.24)


Interviewed, were a group of residents who are involved in activities within North Moulsecoomb, namely the 'St Georges' group and Dave Barnard, a community activist for the past forty years and chairman of MESATA (Moulsecoomb East social Activities Tenants Association).

The residents interviewed at St Georges Hall were Josie Hensby, Maggie Bonner, Gill Mitchell, Lynn Green and daughter Kadie (aged 7) and Russell Endersby, the current caretaker of the hall.

Jackie Funnell shared her memories of the subway being installed along the Lewes Road. Pauline Rowland spoke about her work with the children's clubs at St Georges Hall.

These locals have lived in North Moulsecoomb for different lengths of time and have varying degrees of involvement within the community of North Moulsecoomb. The interviewee's started with their early memories of Moulsecoomb, their involvement with the community and the change they have seen over the past twenty years.  
Local residents' experiences of and contribution to a community