In 1956, George Ewart Evans borrowed his first tape-recorder from the BBC in Norwich. Known as a ‘Midget’, it was a portable open-reel recorder powered by battery which gave a freedom of movement that was not previously available. At this time, George recorded his first eight tapes – the earliest surviving interview was with George Messenger, ‘an old Blaxhall man’. By using the tape recorder, George was able to record his interviewees describing their lives and work in their own words, but it also enabled him to record the sound of their voices and the way that they spoke: an important key to understanding his work.
This tape recorder, on loan to the museum from George’s family, was bought at a later date and used from the 1970s onwards.