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Oral History Project

A project dedicated to recording the cadet experience at Royal Roads

In 2007, Royal Roads University initiated an oral history project to document the history of Royal Roads through the stories of cadets and staff. The information gathered through this project will be used in a variety of ways - in exhibits at the museum, tours, publications, on the web and as a publically accessed research source. Most importantly, it will ensure that the military history of Royal Roads will be preserved through the voices of the real people who lived and experienced it.

Since 2007, Royal Roads has interviewed more than 150 Royal Roads cadets and staff regarding their experiences. These experiences ranged from "wakey wakey" to kye in the gunroom; from initiation to skylarks; from new recruit through to graduation.

In 2008, a 50-minute DVD documentary entitled Coming Full Circle: Remembrances of Royal Roads Ex-Cadets was created utilizing excerpts from the interviews and historic photos. This DVD is available by donation, with all proceeds going towards the Royal Roads Military Heritage Fund.

Share your story

We are interested in receiving written biographies and memories from ex-cadets and staff. Please contact Vivianne Jefferis for information.