Whispers of the Past

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The geolocated soundwalk ‘Whispers of the Past’ explores and presents stories from archives from men and women who worked at the Chatham Dockyard before it became a museum. We hear personal accounts, moving stories, descriptions, memories and anecdotes that become vivid and alive again through the voices of those who experienced them. The soundwalk is presented at the Chatham Historic Dockyard, a maritime heritage site, through the free downloadable Echoes app. As visitors move across the site they trigger sounds and memories on their mobile devices creating new resonances with this iconic location.

This collection of 10 short stories is commissioned by SparkedEcho as part of the Electric Medway Festival taking place between 21-30 August 2021.


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Working in the Ropery

The speaker recalls her mother and other family members working in the ropery when it was called the…

A Master Ropemaker

Leanne Clark is a Master Ropemaker who works at the ropery. Here she talks about the sounds of the r…

"It's like a small city!" - The buzz of the dockyard site.

Gereld Boffa recounts his first day in the dockyard (September 1972) and the hubbub and activity goi…

A Tracer at the Dockyard

Sandra Fraser discusses her role as a former Tracer at the Dockyard. Sandra worked at the dockyard f…

Covered in Coal

A former worker of the dockyard recalls the coal-burning ships, and how coal had to be carried on to…

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