Oral History on the Pier

Clevedon Pier has a fascinating history and in a bid to capture verbatim recollections from the past, the Trust has been collecting oral history recordings from people who have had a connection with this iconic Victorian structure over the last fifty years or so.

Eight of our very best recordings are now available to listen to, at the touch of a button, on the pierhead. Visitors are able to sit in either of the two storm shelters and discreetly listen to short clips by using our innovative sound posts. The audio units are mounted on recycled opepe wood and are solar powered.

In the southern shelter visitors can hear from people who experienced the 1970 collapse and others who were involved in the restoration, and in the northern one there are stories from people who used the old dancehall on the pierhead, and in some cases heard rock and roll music for the first time on the Pier.

This project was enabled by North Somerset Council, the University of Bristol, the University of Brighton, The Clevedon Pier and Heritage Trust Community Archive and Blackbox-AV

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