Grantham storyteller unveils brand new podcast studio at museum

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The traditional Grantham storyteller is back behind the mic in her brand new podcast studio.

Two years ago, the Grantham Museum launched the Betty Elmer Archive, a groundbreaking podcast bringing to life the stories of ordinary and extraordinary people in Grantham.

With support from Heritage Alive!, the museum digitized a series of interviews and stories by local history expert Betty and purchased the equipment to produce future podcasts and continue the good work.

Betty Elmer (48664808)

But when the podcast was suspended due to the Covid pandemic, a brand new podcast studio was purpose-built at the Grantham Museum.

Michael Redford, who is helping Betty host the podcast, hopes it will get more people involved.

He said: “We hosted the podcast in an open office beforehand, but it echoed too much. During the first lockdown last year, members of the Grantham Sunrise Rotary Club and Dr Keith Copeland MBE came in one day a week for three weeks to help build a brand new one from my designs. There is still work to do to soundproof it, but we are getting there, and we are also trying to raise funds for other equipment.

Betty would now like to hear from anyone who has an interesting story to tell, including local businesses, musicians, historians, schools, or anyone who just wants to chat.

Their next guest is Grantham rock ‘n’ roll star Vince Eager and they’d love to hear from anyone with stories, photos or questions they’d like them to ask him.

Betty, 87, who has lived in Grantham since 1965, first came up with the idea in 2000 after a BBC radio station appealed to all local radio stations asking if locals would accept d to be interviewed about their lives.

Betty was born and raised in Liverpool in 1933. She was evacuated to North Wales during the blitz in May 1941. She later had two sons and two daughters.

She moved to Grantham in 1965 and affectionately refers to the town as her second home.

She worked at the Grantham Library from 1980 before her retirement in 1999 and is well known around Grantham as a much-loved local entertainer and published author.

If you have any ideas of who should be in future episodes, email the museum at [email protected] or drop in.

The podcast is available from all good podcast providers and subscription is free. Just search the archives of Betty Elmer.



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