Started in 2016, Lyttelton Stories is the Our Stories pilot programme. Children from Lyttelton Primary School have been interviewing people who grew up in their town, from 98-year-old May who remembers war and strikes and polio outbreaks, to 24-year-old Siobhan, who joined via Skype in Canada.
They all talked about grass sliding, wharf jumping and the infamous Goat Man. They remembered kind teachers, mean teachers and treats from the dairy. For both sides, the experience transformed them in small ways or big. The children gained empathy and a new view of the place they live.
We are now raising money to bring the next phase of this project to continue collecting stories and to expand the project in Lyttelton and beyond.
Watch this space. Get involved. Or help us across the line. We'd love to hear from you.