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The oral history audioclips here are taken from an archive of over sixty longer recordings collected by The McManus Life Stories Oral History Project.

Excerpts from these interviews of ordinary Dundonians talking about their lives can be heard throughout 'The Making of Modern Dundee' gallery. The audioclips add an extra layer of meaning to the visiting experience.

Do you have distinctive memories of everyday life in the Dundee of yesteryear like these? Let us record your life story, so that these memories can be shared with others and passed on to the next generation. Whether your memories are of 1959 or 2009, we'd like to hear from you!

Please contact Rod Gordon for further information - telephone (01382) 307217 or email rod.gordon@leisureandculturedundee.com

The Audio Clips

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  • Mrs Anna Kearns remembering Neville Chamberlain's famous radio announcement of the oubreak of World War II.
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  • A Dundonian reminisces about learning to dance in the late 1930s, and talks about the strict Ballroom etiquette of the day.
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  • Maureen Jelks talks about growing up in the old Overgate of the early 1950s.
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  • Andy Hughes goes back to his childhood days and explains how 'Catty & Batty' was played.
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  • Morag Walker reminisces about her father's motorbike, which became the family transport, when a sidecar was added.
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  • Ian Rodgers looks back with affection at growing up in the 1940s and going to the Odeon Cinema Children's Club on Saturday mornings.
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  • Retired Police Inspector Jim Edmonds remembers his early days as a young constable, allocated a beat (patrol area) around Police Box 33, at the traffic lights on the corner of Strathmartine Road and Clepington Road.
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