By Maggie Brown: Stuart Prebble, the former ITV (LSE: ITV) chief executive, has launched a social history and genealogy networking website, storyvault.com. The site encourages users to record, upload and archive key events in their lives, as well as offering first-hand accounts of historic events.
Alongside accounts from Japanese prisoners of war or Falklands veterans, for example, users can build up family trees of memories for future generations. The site already includes video interviews with the first world war veteran Henry Allingham, who died in July, and Millvina Dean, the last survivor of the Titanic.
The Storyvault homepage includes a short video from TV historian Dan Snow, explaining what the site is about. Access to the site is free, with Prebble, a former editor of World in Action, hoping to cover the £100,000 setup costs and the price of running the site from banner advertising.
Prebble, the creator of Grumpy Old Women and Grumpy Old Men for BBC2, through his independent production company Liberty Bell, said he thought of the idea nine months ago, following the death of his father.
He added that many people want to pass memories on
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