Tales from the lime firms told in podcasts

People who worked for the Buxton lime firms are urged to share their stories in a new series of podcasts.

Following the huge success of the Quarryman exhibition that was on display during June and July in the Green Man gallery in Buxton, a series of six podcasts has now been commissioned.

The podcasts will tell the fascinating stories of men and women who worked for the lime firms in the 19th and 20th Century, in order to give a unique insight into their work and lives.

Radio enthusiast and researcher with Discover Buxton Michael Clement is creating the recordings, which will be available to download via Discover Buxton’s website.

They will also be played in care homes in the Buxton and Chapel-en-le-Frith areas, as well as shared with national Talking Newspapers.

The 30 minute podcasts will feature local people and historians recounting some of the amazing tales from Buxton’s limestone quarries in the past, as well as an eclectic mix of other stories from the history of the town.

Viv Russell, of Tarmac Tunstead, who have sponsored the series, said: “We were really proud to share some of the 24,000 images from our archive with the public this summer.

“Over 1,000 people visited the exhibition and we heard some amazing stories about how family members had worked here – they really were too fascinating to let them go. We wanted to continue to bring the stories of the Quarrymen and women who worked in the local area to life and these podcasts will give some truly amazing tales, real-life accounts.”

Annetta Christie, managing director of Discover Buxton, said: “This is a very exciting project, which will mean we can make one podcast per month until the end of the year. We have some great ideas for the themes of each of the podcasts, for example, the First World War will be a really interesting podcast we’ll produce to coincide with Armistice Day in November. We have had a fantastic reaction to the podcasts we have released so far and are looking forward to producing even more thanks to the very kind donation.”

The podcasts will be released during the first week of the month.

Anyone who would like to tell their local history story is invited to get in touch via the website www.discoverbuxton.co.uk or call Annetta Christie on 01298 79648.

For more information on Tunstead Cement & Lime visit the website www.tarmac.com/tunstead or call 0800 1218 218.