Life must be lived forward, but it can only be understood backwards

 Søren Kierkegaard

WISEArchive believes that older people have made an important contribution to society in the course of their working lives and are a valuable source of knowledge and experience which should be recorded and preserved for future generations.

The second half of the twentieth century was a period of increasingly rapid change in the workplace. Employees and management had to adapt as new skills and ideas, new technologies, new health and safety legislation and much more were implemented. Many established practices and working conditions became obsolete.

This archive aims to preserve stories of working lives mainly in Norfolk using transcribed recordings. Soundclips have been included for stories recorded since April 2016. The archive is constantly expanding with all work carried out by volunteers.

Browse our extensive archive to learn more about this rich history or search for specific occupations as you choose.

If you have worked in Norfolk and would like to record your recollections for future generations we would be delighted to hear from you.