Preserving and sharing the memories of London 2012 volunteers

Preserving and sharing the memories of London 2012 volunteers

An outdoors sculpture of five coloured rings
Olympic rings at the Olympic Park, Newham. Credit: Rebecca Hussein

Heritage Grants

Newham based arts company Parrabbola will share some of the memories of the estimated 70,000 volunteers at the heart of London 2012.

Thanks to £9,625 National Lottery funding, Parrabbola’s ‘Being There: memories of the London 2012 Opening and Closing Ceremonies’ project will record volunteer’s memories from the Games’ ceremonies.   

The oral histories will then be brought to life in a theatre show during Newham Heritage Month in June 2022. The performance will also be available online. 

Project volunteers will learn oral history skills so they can gather as many stories as possible. The recordings and research will be shared with Newham Council’s archive service. It is hoped that this heritage resource will continue to grow so the local legacy of the Olympics and Paralympics lives on for future generations.  

Parrabbola describe themselves as a storyteller who produce theatre performances that are rooted in the communities where they work. Previously they have been awarded funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund for the ‘Land of Liberty’, a community play based around the history of the first Chartist settlement at Heronsgate in Hertfordshire. 

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