Contributing to national archives

One increasingly popular method of recording your life experiences has evolved through the rapid growth of interactive media such as the Internet, digital television and digital radio programmes. There are regular appeals, locally, nationally and on the web for contributions to historical initiatives not only for television and radio programmes but also for exhibitions and archives to be held in museums, universities and community centres.

One recent project of this type was the BBC's 'People's War', which ran throughout 2005. Through publicity on BBC television, radio and the BBC website, members of the public were invited to send accounts of their Second World War experiences for an historical archive to be made accessible for future generations. Although the BBC is no longer taking contributions, to see the sort of story they were looking for, you can access the archive on www.bbc.co.uk/dna.ww2/.

Whilst there is no payment for contributions, such projects offer an excellent opportunity to see your life experiences become part of a valuable historical record for posterity.

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