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Company will make DVD for your family

Company will make DVD for your family


26 September 2005 08:00

Every day another television documentary hits our screens, highlighting famous figures, from national heroes such as Nelson to villains such as Hitler and from noble sportsmen to heavyweight politicians.

Now a Norfolk company will produce the same type of television feature - for anyone who wants to tell their own family history.

The "family documentary", which will be put on DVD, taps into the genealogy market, which has boomed in recent years, partly thanks to the vast amount of information on the web.

The four men behind the project know their idea can work, because they used members of their own families as test subjects.

"We used our own parents as guinea pigs during trials," said Robin Hunt.

"I am so glad we did because I personally discovered so much I didn't know about my own family's history.

"The stories my mother told about life during the war and what past members of my family were actually like are fascinating.

"Even though my own children are only eight and 10, they too were transfixed by the story of their grandmother's life."

Mr Hunt said some people may feel there had never been significant events in their family history, but his own experience has taught him that this was "total rubbish".

Key to the production process are the talents of writer and historian Keith Entwistle, who has written books recording the histories of communities in North Norfolk, including his home village of Gresham.

Using Mr Entwistle's interviewing techniques and historical skills, the newly formed company Memory Lane will build a "timeline" of a family's history.

Then using old photographs, family documents, video footage and, in many cases, the individual's own testimony of particular events, the stories will be narrated by Mr Entwistle and his team to create the finished product.

"We have to act now to stop vital information disappearing forever," said Mr Entwistle. "Our service offers a chance for every family to guarantee the preservation of its very personal history.

"We may well have photograph albums, but without the information, memories and stories of past generations, their contents become little more than nameless faces.

"Every family's history is special, every one of us owes our position today to the people in our own past, people whose lives saw amazing actions and fascinating experiences.

"Our work ensures they are never forgotten."

Mr Hunt said the group had been surprised to discover no other similar companies had been set up, given the recent popularity of investigating family history.

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