Student Roisin in appeal for Somerdale memories

Published on: 07 Dec 2013

A history student is appealing for people with links to the Somerdale site to share their memories for her final university project. Roisin Rampley

Roisin Rampley is studying at Bristol University and is hoping to conduct oral history interviews with local people about their memories of the site, particularly those who worked at the former chocolate factory.

Roisin, who hopes to work in the heritage sector after she graduates, said the planned redevelopment of the site meant it was an interesting time to be studying its role in the community.

She said: “When travelling home from Bristol on the train, the Somerdale factory has always caught my eye and intrigued me.

“The fact that Fry’s built a community around its business is fascinating and indicative of business management and values from another age. Besides, chocolate is an irresistible topic for me!

“The closure of the Somerdale factory and the subsequent redevelopment proposals for the site, make Somerdale an interesting and topical subject for research. These events have really highlighted the significance of Somerdale to the local community.”

Anyone who can help Roisin by taking part in an interview can get in touch at rr1748@my.bristol.ac.uk or on 07722 008720.

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