Volunteers, interviewees and the rest of the Histories of the Hoo Peninsula team outside St Helen's Church, Cliffe, with Countryfile presenters Matt Baker and Anita Rani after filming Countryfile episode screened on 19 March 2017.

Memories of
Working Lives

A year-long oral history project funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund to collect, celebrate and share memories of working lives on the Hoo Peninsula in North Kent. The peninsula separates the estuaries of the rivers Thames and Medway and is made up of wild marshes, industrial landscapes, rural farmland and small villages.

This website holds an archive of oral history audio excerpts, images and collected stories of working lives on the peninsula. Use the menu above to navigate through the information. Find oral history excepts here, and brief histories of a variety of peninsula trades here. On this page you can download a podcast and essay specially commissioned for the project.

A downloadable podcast with a mix of voices and oral history sound recordings from The Histories of the Hoo Peninsula Project: Memories of Working Lives.

Music: Blue Dot Sessions – Cobweb Transit under Creative Commons licence.
Cliffe and Cliffe Woods Parish Council archive photographs.
Image © Julian Hoffman, 2017

The Hoo Peninsula:
The Shapes and Stories of Place

by Julian Hoffman

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A downloadable specially commissioned essay by award winning nature writer Julian Hoffman on the unique landscape and working lives of the people of the Hoo Peninsula





Histories of the Hoo Peninsula is indebted to local environmental campaigner Gill Moore who has been instrumental in the development of this project, introducing us to many interviewees and sharing archival images, as well as her deep and profound love for the unique environment of this place. Gill sadly passed away recently, and this project is dedicated to her memory.

Gill was a passionate environmentalist and founding member of Friends of the North Kent Marshes, here she is with fellow campaigners and great friends Joan Darwell and George Crozer. For more information www.northkentmarshes.org.uk

Gill Moore, Joan Darwell and George Crozer. Image: Jonathan Juniper, 2017.