Wells Past


As with all history, this sonic postcard is a reconstruction, a distillation; a partial, incomplete fiction. I used recordings from the Wells Local History Group oral history archive. These were recorded just before or after the Millennium. I have constructed what could have possibly occurred as a conversation, had the speakers all been present at the same time and place. The voices were chosen primarily because of their accent and timbre. Sound effects prompt visualisation of the stories in the listener’s mind. Each listener will bring their own life experience to the interpretation of the words they hear. Many stories could have been told from these recordings. These are just some.


Mike Coombs

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With thanks to the Wells Local History Group and people from the Wells oral history archive and Simon Daykin, Director, Wells Maltings. Audio produced by Mike Coombs.