The Memory Bank

Preserving the Stories of your Family Elders

A present of the past – the perfect gift to unite a family.

How often have we lamented the fact that we didn’t record the stories of beloved family members who are no longer with us?

Turtle Bunbury is ideally placed to record the memories of your family elders. With the genius of technology, each 60-minute interview is recorded remotely, polished by a production team, and then sent to you as an audio file that can be easily downloaded and shared among your entire family.

“The recording of my 97 year old father has resulted in a number of amazing benefits for our family. My father is delighted to have shared his memories of Ireland long ago. We – and all those who are interested in Irish social history – now have a permanent record of his voice and stories. Our family has shared our father’s interview with relatives and friends, in Ireland and overseas, thus increasing awareness of the fantastic resource. Your team deserve the highest of accolades for having the foresight and the energy to provide these incredible interviews for present and future generations.”
Philip Lecane

Cork

“Turtle documented my Dad’s memoirs spanning over 88 years. We had heard many a story over the years, but it was something special to have them preserved in this way, not only for my own siblings, but my dad’s grandchildren and great grand kids in the years ahead. This is truly something special, as is Turtle in the manner and way he approached the job at hand. Aside from his fantastic research skills and inquisitive questions, Turtle is one of life’s gentlemen as is my Dad who really enjoyed meeting Turtle and particularly how he made my Dad feel at complete ease during his chats, which was most important. I would highly recommend the recording of such memories, they are a real treasure and a great read too. It goes without saying Turtle is the man for the job.”

Pat Ward

General Manager - Ireland, Peel Ports Group

Myles Clarke, Valleymount, County Wicklow. Photo: Alice Beresford

“How many times do we say, we should write down some of the stories that older relatives used to tell, and then one day, sadly, it is too late? Having Nana interviewed was fantastic – our family will always have a record of her stories in her own voice. You can never know someone else really, but the stories and memories that Nana chose to share are a glimpse into her own inner life.”

The Stack Family

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens when I buy an interview?
You will be sent an email by Turtle’s team to discuss a suitable time to record the remote interview and any outstanding questions.

What does a remote interview mean?
Turtle’s team will courier you a package containing a laptop, a microphone and headphones. We ask you to have someone with reasonable technical ability on site to oversee the simple audio setup, or it may be possible for one of our team to go on site. Interviewees are encouraged to wear headphones and to speak as closely to the microphone as possible.

Where can the interview take place?
All you need is a good internet connection so we can link up with our producers but we urge you to find a place that is silent, without noise of radios, telephones, doorbells or other possible distractions.

Who will do the interview?
Turtle has over 25 years’ experience interviewing Ireland’s older generations for the award-winning Vanishing Ireland project. He has a gentle interviewing technique that puts people at ease as he guides them through the years. As well as the core stories of each interviewee’s life, he gathers important details about the people and places they knew in their younger years.

How do we prepare?
Turtle or one of his team will talk with you beforehand about the topics of conversation you would like to focus on. We recommend that you also discuss the likely topics with the interviewee beforehand so that names and dates are top of mind.

Does the interview have to be remote?
It may be possible for Turtle and the production team to meet interviewees in person although we do recommend the remote interview. As well as being the safe option in the Covid age, the remote microphone tends to focus the speaker’s mind.

How do we listen?
After they have given the interview a polish by the producers, Turtle’s team will email you a link to an audio-file that can be easily down-loaded and shared with all your family, capturing those invaluable memories and voices for present and future family generations.

Vanishing Ireland

Turtle is the author of the best-selling Vanishing Ireland book series, with the photographer, James Fennell, in which he interviewed over 200 elderly members of Irish society about their lives and times. These evocative books have received awards and global acclaim from the Irish diaspora.