Meet the team
Knole's Oral History team was set up in 2011
And other contributors…
Will Johnson is our stalwart researcher, particularly keen on genealogy, as well as contributing to archival and digital indexing and meticulous verbatim transcribing.
Retired from the team:
Louise Bishop, recently graduated with a degree in history, helped us with verbatim transcribing.
Louise Carmichael enjoyed verbatim transcribing and was equally adept at scanning and indexing 20th century photographs from albums kindly shared with us by our interviewees. She also archived the recipes of Lord Lionel Sackville’s personal housekeeper.
Lucile Corby, prior to retiring in 2012, interviewed and researched for us, and was also one of Knole’s longest-serving room stewards. Geoff Dawber, retired bank manager, joined the oral history team in 2013 and enjoyed interviewing with Joy Wyman for a while before he moved to Cornwall. Joy retired from the project in 2014. Steven Dedman retired in 2015 as General Manager for the National Trust at Knole. He and his wife Liz have each carried out an interview in the early days of the oral history project in 2011.
Daphne Eatwell used to work in market research, and has put her interviewing talents to good use since the start of our oral history project in 2011, before retiring in mid-2015.
We thank Rosemary Milton-Thompson for giving us several research leads into mid-20th century Knole Estate and National Trust staff.
Sara Martin did much of the transcribing of the first batch of 2011-2012 interviews on a university placement. She thoroughly enjoyed listening to the memories you can hear on this site, and hopes you do too.
Christine Nevard, MBE, is an experienced Knole volunteer and guide. She joined the Oral History team when it started in 2011, interviewing and transcribing for 5 years, before taking a break to become Master of the Cripplegate Ward Club in London in 2016.
Before retiring from the British Library, Elaine Pordes worked in manuscript enquiries. She enjoyed historical places and transcribing Knole’s oral history interviews gave her insights into Knole’s social history and its curatorial challenges. Elaine retired from transcribing in 2018.
Laurence Pordes also joined the team on retiring from the British Library. He’s helped with high quality photography of the 1st Earl of Dorset’s lead rainwater hoppers in the Knole courtyards, as well as research into Knole’s cricketing links.
Nicky Stitchman interviewed and carried out research for the project when she was not guiding at Penshurst Place and organising the occasional murder mystery holiday.
Also of great help to Knole’s oral history in the early days of the project:
Christine Dixon, Debbie Innes, Julia Kiggell, Clare Thake, Roger Wall, and Pamela Ward.