The Gower Landscape Partnership is a body that aims to inspire and help local people to look after Gower's special and distinctive features. It received a large amount of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and has used this to fund several projects on Gower. Among these is an oral history project, which took place over 2017 to 2018, under the leadership of Emily Hewitt, who assembled a group of volunteers to record oral history interviews with Gower residents. The project was publicised at the Gower Show in 2017. Training was delivered in the autumn of 2017 and recording began shortly afterwards.
Recording was carried out using Zoom H5 digital recording devices which create digital audio files in the WAV format and give an excellent sound quality. The original files have been retained, but they have also been converted into MP3 format as access files.
The recordings consist of interviews with 35 people, either native to, resident in or with some connection to Gower. The project represents the latest in a series of projects to record Gower people's memories, following the recordings of J. Mansel Thomas (WGAS, ref. T 3) and the Gower Society (WGAS, ref. D 56). The overall aim of the project was to examine what Gower means to different people. In addition there are some interviews conducted by pupils at Tre-uchaf Primary School, Loughor, which form part of the first series, and a short series of interviews relating to Penclawdd and the cockle industry by Claire Revera, which make up the second.
Access to the recordings is through the Screen and Sound Archive, situated in the archive searchrooms at West Glamorgan Archives. To facilitate access, the recordings have been indexed by Alan Gardiner, 2018-2019.