A major aspect of the In the Shadow of the Workhouse project, since it was part of the Heritage Lottery Fund's All Our Stories project, was the collection of people's stories and memories associated with the workhouse site and its subsequent incarnations as a post-workhouse institution and general hospital.
It began with an appeal, through the local media, for people to come forward who had connections with the workhouse, to talk about their stories.
Most of these were recorded and then transcribed, and many of their contributions appear in the book. These all appear in Chapter VIII of the book and may be read here.
Alternatively, we have put together a ten-minute selection of audio clips that you may hear through this website.
They feature three of our contributors - Betty Austin (pictured), who was a nurse at the newly built military hospital (a part of the hospital later to become known as 'The Huts') during the Second World War; Ewen Bird, who grew up in the former workhouse in the 1940s as his parents were Master and Matron at Stratton; and Cllr Teresa Page, who worked as a nurse at St Margaret's Hospital. Cllr Page, fittingly officially launched the book on December 11, 2014 in her capacity as Mayor of Swindon.
To hear the excerpts, click here.
You may also read transcriptions of all the interviews here.