Quest for shipbuilding memories

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A SEARCH has been launched for volunteers and contributors to help put together a historical archive about Selby’s shipbuilding past, which dates back to the 15th century.

North Yorkshire County Council’s record office was awarded a £50,000 grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund last year to open up the archive of Cochrane & Sons, shipbuilders of Selby, as part of the project Trawling through Time.

Now, staff are looking for people to share their memories about the shipyard, as well as volunteers to help carry out oral history interviews, as well as listing and repackaging the archive and digitising old photographs.

Coun Chris Metcalfe, executive member for the county record office, said: “Shipbuilding was a crucial part of Selby life for generations and the project represents one of the most important archives of the town’s history.

“We hope that people will come forward to help us preserve this wonderful archive for future generations and to capture memories of the industry before it is too late.”

Cochranes played a vital part in Selby’s industrial history from 1898, before the closure of the boatyard in 1992.