“The ‘Discovery’ of India in the long 1960s”: A Study of Transnational Youth Cultures in Western Europe, the United States and India


Taking up the historico-cultural thesis of value change and the “life-style revolution” in the long 1960s, this research project will explore the cultural effects of travel and temporary migration to India among the youth of the 1960s and 1970s and its effects on popular culture (i.e. music, nutrition styles, body cultures, alternative tourism, fashion, the transformation of religion in everyday life).

The project links the history of transnational youth culture, oral history, and research on self-narratives and relates them to autobiographical memory and the impact of traveling and migration on youth cultures. It is intended to contribute to the cultural history of the 1960s and 1970s, the history of tourism and migration, and the transformation of religion in contemporary history.

Did you travel to India in the 1960s and 1970s?

The project is seeking witnesses in the UK who traveled to India in the 1960s and 1970s who are willing to take part in an oral history interview. The interviews usually take 30-45 minutes. Skype and FaceTime interviews are possible but I will also be traveling in the UK in June/July 2018 and could meet interviewees in person. If you are willing to share your experience, know of someone who might be interested in talking to me, or would like more information, please contact me at: isabel.richter@berkeley.edu

Isabel Richter
DAAD Professor
University of California Berkeley
Department of History
3229 Dwinelle Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720



‘Hidden Histories’: The Beaford Archive


The Beaford Archive is a photographic record of people and community in rural north Devon containing more than 80,000 images covering the 120-year period 1870 to 1990.  According to the Royal Photographic Society, it is “…a unique body of work, unparalleled, at least in this country, for its scale and quality”.  However, few of these images are currently accessible to the public.

Hidden Histories is a three-year project and will include:
•        Digitising, cataloguing, archiving and publishing to the web approximately 10,000 existing 35mm black and white negatives from the James Ravilious and Roger Deakins Beaford Archives
•        Production of a new fully searchable website to provide a showcase for existing digitised work, newly digitised images and audio, and new work as it is produced
•        A programme of oral history, learning and community activity which will create new work and engage people in learning and education

Duration 14 (months)
Documentary photographs by James Ravilious for the Beaford Archive © Beaford Arts

Reflections on the project:
The oral history strand of the ‘Hidden Histories’ project links oral testimony to selected photographs of James Ravilious with the intention of describing life in rural North Devon between the 1970s and the late 1980s. Research participants are people photographed by Ravilious, and other key figures in the life of North Devon rural communities during these years. The oral history interviews have been conducted by a range of interested parties, including people from the communities featured in the photographs.

The oral history phase of the project will finish in May 2019 with an exhibition of Ravilious’ photographs linked to selections from the oral history interviews.

The recordings and transcripts will be stored at the Beaford Archive.

Contact details
Crown Yealm House, Pathfields Business Park,
South Molton, Devon
EX36 3LH

South Molton EX36 3LH
Email: malcolm@beaford-arts.com

Radio Volunteers. On the Record. (London)


Details of Volunteer Post

Webpage: http://on-the-record.org.uk/share-stories-brompton-cemetery/

Volunteer Duties: – Are you looking for projects to develop your creative audio skills?
– Are you passionate about creating platforms for unheard voices and perspectives?
– Are you interested in gaining insight into unusual or restricted sites?

On the Record are looking for volunteers interested in radio production, and audio editing, to work with us on our sharing our growing archive of oral history, and field recordings. The role includes recording interviews, cataloguing audio and crafting podcasts and sound-pieces. Training and support provided.

Who we are:
On the Record are a not for profit cooperative working to uncover untold stories. Current projects include The Life & Death of Brompton Cemetery, Chrysalis – a sound art project at UCLH, and Fighting Sus. We exist to benefit the wider community and participation is at heart of what we do. All our projects are devised through extensive consultation and shaped by volunteers and participants. On the Record work in a number of different ways to uncover stories and engage with local and wider communities. These include running oral history projects, offer training and advice on oral history to organisations, build partnerships with and between community groups, museums, archives, policy institutes, schools and any other groups who could benefit from oral history projects, create exhibitions, publications, audio walks, radio programmes, films, new media workshops and events.

– Ideally you will have audio recording and/or editing skills.
– You need an interest in oral history, storytelling and narrative.
– You will need to have a suitable grasp of English language as all interviews will be conducted in English.
– No formal qualifications are required and this opportunity is open to all experience levels.

Time Commitment:
Minimum 10 days

How to apply:
If you are interested in becoming involved, please contact Laura Mitchison, info@on-the-record.org.uk on 07787243656.

Write a covering email explaining your previous experience with radio/audio production and why you’re interested in working with us. You can send a CV if you like. Please also state the days and times you are generally available.

Location: Brompton Cemetery

Training Opportunities: This opportunity will involve:
– Training in oral history techniques, methods, ethics.
– Training in logging and cataloguing recordings.
– Developing your historical research and media production skills.
– Contributing to the creative development of a leading oral history specialists’ media presence.
– Learning about unique places in London.

Expenses: Lunch and travel (up to £10 per day)

Closing Date of Project: July 31st 2018


Seminar cancelled due to industrial action

We are sorry to announce that the seminar due to take place on Thursday March 15 at the Institute of Historical Research has been cancelled because of the current university industrial action.

Verusca Calabria of Nottingham University was due to talk about her oral histories of people giving and receiving care in Nottingham mental health hospitals. The talk will be rescheduled for the beginning of next academic year.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Booking now open – 2018 OHS Annual Conference, Belfast.


Dangerous Oral Histories: risks, responsibilities and rewards

Website: http://www.ohs.org.uk/conferences/belfast-2018

Date: Thursday 28 and Friday 29 June 2018

Venue: Riddel Hall, Queen’s University Belfast, 185 Stranmillis Road, Belfast BT9 5EE

This joint conference of the Oral History Society and the Oral History Network of Ireland addresses the ethical and legal implications of oral history research. It presents a timely opportunity to explore the many issues raised by challenging projects, such as: What is an acceptable level of risk for interviewees/interviewers in the oral history process? What are the new responsibilities of the oral historian in a digital age?  What are the rewards for initiating ‘dangerous’ oral history projects on ‘difficult’ topics, and when do the risks outweigh them?  

To download the conference programme and booking form please click here.

To book online please click here.

Working Together: recording and preserving the heritage of the workers’ co-operative movement (Manchester)


Organisation: The National Co-operative Archive
Address: Holyoake House, Hanover Street, Manchester, M60 0AS

Details of Volunteer Post:
Webpage: https://www.thenews.coop/122916/sector/worker-coops/call-goes-records-uk-worker-co-ops-new-archive-movement/

Volunteer Duties: The Working Together project aims to identify and make accessible for the first time records from some of the major workers’ co-operatives of the 1970s-1990s, together with co-operative support organisations. An oral history element to the project will mean that recordings of the memories of some of those most involved in co-operatives during this period will be made and preserved for future use.

We are looking for volunteers to assist with providing full transcriptions of these oral history interviews. This will help ensure that the recordings are more accessible to researchers. Volunteers are also needed to assist with creating summaries for these oral history interviews. This will again will make the recordings more accessible and will form the basis of the catalogue entry for the interviews on the National Co-operative Archive catalogue.

Both the transcriptions and summaries will be uploaded with the oral history interviews to the National Co-operative Archive website.

Location: The volunteer duties are suitable for remote working. There is also an option for volunteers to complete this work at The National Co-operative Archive in Manchester.

Training Opportunities: Guidance will be provided by the project archivist in how to complete oral history transcriptions and summaries.

Expenses: N/A – remote working option

Closing Date of Project: September 2018

Contact. Philippa Lewis: philippa@co-op.ac.uk