History is all around us, in our own families and communities, in the living memories and the experiences of older people. We have only to ask them and then listen. This kind of history - that we all gather as we go through life - is the basis of Deddington Discussions.
Everyone has a story to tell about their life which is unique to them. Regardless of age or status we all have interesting experiences to share.
Most importantly, historical documents and books can't tell us everything about our past. Often they concentrate on famous people and big events, and tend to miss out people talking about everyday events. They also tend to neglect people on the margins of society - the young, ethnic communities, disabled and unemployed people perhaps - whose voices have been hidden from history.
Deddington Discussions aims to fill the gap and to give us an inclusive historical record. Unfortunately, because memories die when people do, if we don't record people's life histories they are lost, as are their voices, forever.
Frank has provided a summary transcript which has been edited down by Maggie Guy.
To read the summary please click here.
The first part of Hilary Smith's interview with Frank Steiner.
The second part of Hilary Smith's interview with Frank Steiner.
The third part of Hilary Smith's interview with Frank Steiner.
The fourth part of Hilary Smith's interview with Frank Steiner.
The fifth part of Hilary Smith's interview with Frank Steiner.
Hilary Smith talks to John Cheney, our local legend.
Hilary Smith talks to Jose Steves, "born and bred in Deddington".
Hilary Smith talks to Len about his life and times in and around Deddington.
Hilary Smith talks to Bill about his life and times in and around Deddington.
Hilary Smith talks to Daphne about her life and times in and around Deddington.
Dr. Hugh O'Donnell
Hilary Smith talks to Hugh about his life and times in Deddington.
Revd. Dr. Daniel Inman
Hilary Smith talks to Dan Inman about hot coals, curacy and Deddington.
Hilary Smith met up with Steve Kershaw for a chat about Stekpana, Steve and their music.
The Harvard KrokodiloesHarvard University's oldest capella singing group visit Deddington on 30th July, Barrie Smith gives us a taste of what we can expect.