The Living Memory Association Podcast
The Living Memory Association podcast showcases memories of days gone by, the past brought to life by the hundreds of people who have spoken to us over the years.
info_outline Music Memories 12/14/2020
Music Memories The 33rd episode of The Thelma Tapes takes us ambling down a musical memory lane, with recollections from the 1950s to the 1980s of acts such as The Beatles, Bowie, Generation X, The Specials, The Cramps, Val Doonican and many more! We hear tales of meeting Tom Waits on the street and getting free concert tickets, of sheltering Robert Smith under an umbrella, of punk attitudes, homemade fanzines, gigs galore and cherished vinyl records.
info_outline Halloween and Bonfire Night 09/29/2020
Halloween and Bonfire Night Remember, remember...the 32nd episode of The THELMA Tapes takes us back in time to memories of Bonfire Night and Halloween from days gone by. We hear tales of dooking, treacle scones, guising, turnip lanterns and gigantic fires with no health and safety in sight! With stories of squibs galore, bangers, catherine wheels and sparklers, and many traditions that have survived to this day. Penny for the guy!
info_outline Pubs of Edinburgh 03/24/2020
Pubs of Edinburgh The 31st edition of The THELMA Tapes podcast is a celebration of Edinburgh pubs, taking us on a massive pub crawl of wonderful stories from the 1930s to the 1950s. We pop in to The Old Chain Pier, The Beehive, Barney Battles, The Diggers, Bennet's Bar and many many more, and also discover the secret of Harry Lauder's shelf! Not to mention the black panther behind the bar at Fairleys...
info_outline Pets From The Past 01/30/2020
Pets From The Past The 30th edition of The Thelma Tapes is dedicated to memories of long gone pets. This Living Memory Association podcast is packed full of great reminiscences of much loved dogs and cats, budgies, neglected fish, rabbits galore and the occasional tortoise, each one emerging from the mists of time in story form.
info_outline Leith Walk and the Kirkgate 12/12/2019
Leith Walk and the Kirkgate The 29th episode of The Thelma Tapes is centred around wonderful memories of the Leith Walk and Kirkgate areas from the 1940s to the 1970s. We hear tales of the Gaeity Theatre, the Alhambra, David Kilpatricks School, living with the Scott Brothers, earning two and thruppence an hour at The Capital and going to the Kirkgate offal butchers to buy the much maligned delicacy of tripe!
info_outline Ken Buchanan - Boxing Legend 11/05/2019
Ken Buchanan - Boxing Legend The 28th episode of The Thelma Tapes is a celebration of the life and career of Scottish boxing legend Ken Buchanan in his own words. Britain's oldest surviving world champion takes us on a wonderful journey from living in Northfield and going to Portobello High School all the way to winning the Lightweight Championship of the world in Panama, dancing with Princess Anne and being inaugurated into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Many thanks to Kevin Gore for the use of his great tune 'Edinburgh Man'
info_outline Dressed To Kill - Fabulous Fashions and Cool Clothes 09/27/2019
Dressed To Kill - Fabulous Fashions and Cool Clothes The 27th edition of The Thelma Tapes takes us back in time to look at the clothes we have worn and fashions we have followed from the 1960s to the 1990s. We hear wonderful stories of loon pants, patent leather boots, Beetle Suits, abysmal hats and tight perms from the people who proudly or reluctantly sported them in days gone by.
info_outline Sweeties 07/24/2019
Sweeties The 25th edition of The THELMA tapes, the Living Memory Association podcast, is a sweets special. Crammed with happy memories of Soor Plooms, Penny Dainties, Russian Toffees and Sugar Olly Water alongside stories of wartime rationing and buying liquorice from the chemist when your 16oz allocation ran out!
info_outline The Demon Drink 06/25/2019
The Demon Drink Episode 24 of The THELMA Tapes features stories and memories of the Demon Drink, featuring tales of the panther who prowled behind the bar at Fairlies in Leith and legendary bar manager Betty from the Old Chain Pier, who ruled with a starter pistol and a sword at last orders!
info_outline Leith Docks 05/23/2019
Leith Docks The 23rd episode of The THELMA Tapes takes us into the history of Leith Docks in Edinburgh, with wonderful stories of near death experiences in the Grain silos, going straight from the Bru to 40 years of back breaking work at the Port, being the King of the Cranes, starting to look like your dog and many many more! These audio memories come direct from the workers themselves, looking back into the mists of time.
info_outline Home Remedies 04/26/2019
Home Remedies The 22nd episode of The Thelma Tapes focuses on Home Remedies, with wonderful tales of mustard baths, sweaty sock scarfs, nettle tea and hot toddies gathered from our fabulous guests. These memories are courtesy of the Crosswinds Reminiscence Group of 1993 (an old cassette recording from our archives) and a recent visit to The Little Shop of Memory from the magnificent residents of Trust Sheltered Housing.
info_outline School Days 03/29/2019
School Days The 21st episode of The THELMA Tapes podcast looks back on the experience of being at school in the 1940s, 50s and 60s through interview clips from our wonderful guests who lived through those times. We hear tales of cold classrooms, warm bottles of milk, favourite teachers, brutal discipline and school football heroes, all told with a smile!
info_outline Make Do And Mend 02/26/2019
Make Do And Mend The 20th episode of The THELMA Tapes is a celebration of the culture of 'Make do and Mend', which began in the 1940s and is making a comeback in the modern age. We hear wonderful stories of the rag and bone man, getting penny refunds on bottles, collecting bones to make glue, constantly darning socks, having a pig bin in your street and burning absolutely everything on the fire to stay warm from people who lived through those desperately hard times.
info_outline Sporting Heroes 01/31/2019
Sporting Heroes Episode 18 of the Living Memory Association podcast is devoted to memories of personal encounters with sporting heroes of the past, from Scottish boxing legend Ken Buchanan and footballers Alan Anderson and Lawrie Reilly to the local superstars of the wrestling at the El Dorado.
info_outline Pick 'N' Mix 2: Days of our Lives 01/18/2019
Pick 'N' Mix 2: Days of our Lives The 17th Edition of the Living Memory Association podcast is a lucky dip of brilliant memories from the 1930s to the 1970s, featuring random tales that would not fit into one of our themed shows. So this episode bounces from bargain cream cakes at Crawfords the Baker to first days at school, from tanks on Calton Hill to the Leith cafes and chip shops of the 1960s and 70s and the beginning of coffee culture.
info_outline Hogmanay 12/31/2018
Hogmanay The sixteenth episode of The Thelma Tapes is themed around New Year in Scotland in days gone by, with wonderful memories of frantically cleaning the house, kissing policemen at the Tron Church gathering, beautifully sung party pieces and Uncle Jimmy playing the accordion all the way from Leith to town stopping for a dram at every corner!
info_outline Ghosts of Christmas Past (Volume 2) 12/20/2018
Ghosts of Christmas Past (Volume 2) The second instalment of our Christmas specials (Episode 15 of our Living Memory Association podcast) was recorded early in December 2018 at The Little Shop of Memory, with memories of Christmas from as far back as the 1930s from two of our lovely guests who are in their 90s. The City Mission Xmas party, eating chicken instead of turkey, getting your first fort, and receiving an IOU from Santa are amongst the many wonderful stories of Festive times in days gone by.
info_outline Ghosts of Christmas Past (Volume 1) 11/30/2018
Ghosts of Christmas Past (Volume 1) In the first instalment of the Living Memory Association Podcast Christmas Specials we showcase some wonderful festive stories from our archives. This selection of interviews was recorded at The Dove centre in Wester Hailes in the early 1990s and has some of the most heartwarming and heartbreaking stories we have ever released!
info_outline My First Job 11/22/2018
My First Job The 13th edition of The THELMA Tapes brings us recorded memories of taking those first steps from leaving school to joining the real world. This episode of The Living Memory Association Podcast features John (94 years old), Helen (93) and a host of lovely guests talking about their first ever jobs in Scotland from around 1930-1970.
info_outline Tales of the Tenements 10/26/2018
Tales of the Tenements Focusing on tenement life in Scotland from the 1930s to the present day, with personal stories from our guests of rats as big as cats, collapsing landings, scary bed bugs, 90 year old neighbours and taking your turn to wash the stairs.
info_outline Pick 'n' Mix 1: The Storytellers 07/30/2018
Pick 'n' Mix 1: The Storytellers Episode 8 of the Living Memory Association Podcast is a Pick 'n' Mix collection of stories from our audio archives. Rather than discard good tales from the mists of time that do not fit into one of our traditional themed shows, they will pop up every now and then on one of these compilations so that none of the past is lost.
info_outline Portobello Memories 06/28/2018
Portobello Memories The sixth edition of the Living Memory Association podcast is a celebration of Portobello in days gone by. This episode showcases some lovely memories of the days when both the beach and the open air pool were jam packed with people soaking up the scorching Scottish sun, then cooling down in the arctic temperatures of the pool and the sea.