19 December 2012

Voices from the past.....

Earlier this evening I saw a report on the news: the Museum of London (http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/) has played some recordings of a family (whose name escapes me) at Christmas in the early 20th century.

Fascinating and, oddly enough, the father of the family sounded ......well, like anybody one would hear today, with only the quality of the recording giving any clue to the time.  But I couldn't understand why it was attracting so much media interest.

And then I realised: my maternal grandmother, and her brother, both of whom I remember clearly, were born in the 19th century - like the people on the recording - and it didn't occur to me to think that it was unusual to hear people who were born so long ago.

But maybe it is unusual for someone my age to have grandparents (and all their siblings) born before the turn of the 19th/20th century....... 

.....or maybe I was just feeling grumpy and hungry.  Who can tell?

More soon.