The experiences of droughts by people in the UK can vary considerably from being barely noticed to being so severe they create long-lasting memories that can be recalled in an instant. This is because although water is essential for life and we’d all notice if we did not have a reasonable level of access to it for drinking, cooking, and hygiene, we are fortunate to have benefitted from many years of progress in water engineering which has resulted in our generally having security of supply. More information.
For the Historic Drought Project, Dr Rebecca Pearce has been recording oral histories of droughts from across the UK. These can be accessed via the Historic Drought Inventory which includes a large collection of corresponding news reports and drought records as well as the audio recordings. To get the most from this resource, Rebecca has started the Who’d Have Thought That, About Drought Podcast series which explores the oral history collection and newspaper inventory in detail and analysis of the social impacts of droughts from 1890 to the present day.