We’re delighted to unveil our programme of seminars at the Institute of Historical Research for the next academic year.
The programmes start with a seminar by Rebecca Pearce from Exeter University who will be talking about her research of the historic drought oral history collection. Traditionally, scientists and historians have not collaborated to study the impact of extreme weather events on individuals, however this oral history collection provides an opportunity to look at how individuals interpret historic events and how this affects their views on future risk.
Rebecca’s talk is entitled Building resilience through shuttlework: the positive contribution oral testimony can make to climate risk assessments. It takes place at 6pm on October 12 in the John S Cohen room (203), Senate House (north block), Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU.
The seminar is free, open to all and there is no need to book.
The programme for the coming year is as follows (all seminars take place in the same room and same time as above unless otherwise stated):
- Revising The Voice of the Past: oral history’s role in a changing world
Joanna Bornat, Open University, and Paul Thompson, Essex University
November 9 in Senate House south block, room SH246
Since Paul Thompson’s first edition in 1978, The Voice of the Past has been a classic in making the case for oral history. Nearly 40 years later, the fourth edition, expanded and revised jointly with Joanna Bornat, explores oral history’s worldwide development and activity, continues to argue and explain key principles, proposes reliable approaches and sets out ethical guidance for both new and experienced oral historians. This seminar will be chaired by Graham Smith, professor of oral history at Newcastle University.
A discount offer for copies is available. We welcome you to this discussion and celebration.
- The troubles with a lower case ‘t’: memory, deindustrialisation and urban redevelopment in Belfast
Sean O’Connell, Queen’s University, Belfast,
- With care in the community everything goes: oral histories of people giving and receiving care in Nottingham mental hospitals
Verusca Calabria, Nottingham University
- Social history without people: capturing the voices of Welsh Jewry
Cai Parry-Jones, Royal Horticultural Society
- Carry on sergeant: exploring National Service in personal and popular memory
Joel Morley, University of Essex
Oral history is one of the most exciting methods for recording, preserving, and celebrating the lives and experiences of LGBTQ people. For several decades numerous projects have sought to record the lives of our queer forbears. Many of these important collections, however, remain uncatalogued or held in in places unknown to most researchers. The map of LGBTQ Oral Histories is a crowd-sourced initiative sponsored by the OHS LGBTQ Special Interest Group and the Queer Beyond London research project that seeks to identify, locate and map these important collections so that students, researchers and community members may have fuller access to our past.
You can access the map here https://www.historypin.org/en/lgbtq-oral-history or use the interactive box below.
Questionnaire for PhD Students using oral history
The OHS Higher Education group is exploring ways of supporting PhD students and their supervisors. As part of this process, we are conducting a survey to find out about students’ experiences of supervision. If you are using oral history in your doctoral research, please help us by filling out our questionnaire:
The British Library and the Oral History Society are running a series of advanced oral history training courses in the coming months. Places can be booked through the Oral History Society website.
These courses include Developing your Oral History Skills (for those who have conducted 5 or more interviews), Lives in Focus (recording oral history interviews on video), and Transcript to Script (turning oral histories into plays for stage and radio). We are also running a re-vamped and up to date course in Digital Editing, back for the first time since 2013. This course provides a hands on introduction to the principles and techniques of digitally editing oral history interviews for use in exhibitions, websites, and more.
- 11th October, 2017 (British Library, London)
- 14th February, 2018 (British Library, London
Developing your Oral History Skills
- 22nd September, 2017 (British Library, London)
- 23rd March, 2018 (Showroom, Sheffield)
Lives in Focus
- 28th November, 2017 (British Library, London)
Transcript to Script
- 29th November, 2017 (British Library, London)