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Stories will be stored in new archive

Rio Tintos Valerie Short and oral historial Liz ODonnell.

Rio Tintos Valerie Short and oral historial Liz ODonnell.

Stories from 40 years of aluminium production at Lynemouth are to be gathered and stored with the launch of a historical archive project.

Thousands of men and women worked at the Lynemouth Smelter from its opening by Alcan in 1972 until its closure in 2012.

And now they are being invited to share their insights with future generations.

Rio Tinto has funded the project with a £5,000 donation to the Northumberland Archive at Woodhorn Museum.

Around 30 volunteers are being sought to take part in the project and have their memories digitally recorded.

Oral historian Liz O’Donnell will conduct interviews with the former employees and the end result will be available on CD and via the audio booth at Woodhorn.

Anybody who worked at the Lynemouth Smelter between 1972 and 2012 is invited to call (01670) 393714.

 

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