Oral History Society vacancy – Trustee / Membership Officer

 

The Oral History Society is seeking to recruit a new trustee to fill the role of Membership Officer.

The main purpose of the role is to assist the Society in liaising with the subscription agency to gather membership data, respond to membership enquiries and help support the Society in developing their membership more widely.

The role would suit a highly organised individual with relevant experience in a similar role, with excellent interpersonal and organisational skills, good IT skills and an interest in oral history. The ideal candidate will have the ability to engage with a wide range of audiences and the willingness to develop the Society’s membership base.

The role is voluntary and the time commitment is flexible; reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed; the successful applicant will have access to a mentor.

Closing date: Wednesday 31st January 2018, 5 p.m.

Please see here for role description and how to apply.


An Oral History of Oral History – where did it all start for you?

 

Oral History of Oral History is a collection of life story interviews with the pioneers and leaders of oral history in the UK. The interviews were mostly conducted by Robert Wilkinson and cover the technological, organisational and methodological changes within the discipline since the 1950s. 

Explore the Oral History of Oral History collection with Charlie Morgan, Archive and Administrative Assistant for National Life Stories, and find out how some well known figures of the field first got involved, in his blog here: http://blogs.bl.uk/sound-and-vision/2017/12/an-oral-history-of-oral-history.html

 

 


A new type of oral history book – Australian Lives

 

In this video oral historian Alistair Thomson introduces you to the Australian Lives ebook, which enables readers to be listeners to the hundreds of oral history extracts in the book, and which curates access into one of Australia’s largest online oral history collections. Al demonstrates the extraordinary technology that made the book possible and which brings oral histories alive on the page and in the archive.

View the introduction to Australian Lives here.


‘Oral History of Oral History’ interviews now online via British Library Sounds

 

We are delighted to announce that the first batch of life story interviews as part of our long-running ‘Oral History of Oral History’ project are now available online via British Library Sounds at http://sounds.bl.uk/Oral-history/Oral-historians.

The British Library-funded programme of interviews started in 2003 with the aim of recording the pioneers and leaders of oral history in the UK dating from the 1950s onwards. Whilst work undertaken at the University of Essex in the 1960s is often seen as the beginning of the modern movement in the UK, recordings were being made in Scotland as far back as the 1930s on cylinders, and later wire recorders. Recordings were also being made on the Isle of Man, at Leeds University, and in Wales capturing folklore and fast disappearing dialects and languages. In England George Ewart Evans ploughed a lonely furrow in East Anglia in the 1950s and 1960s recording farm labourer families using open reel recorders borrowed from BBC Norwich. At the BBC, Charles Parker was breaking the mould of radio programme-making with the ‘Radio Ballads’. The ‘Oral History Journal’ was founded in 1969, followed by the Oral History Society in 1973. From these early developments there was an explosion of oral history activity in Britain in the 1970s and 1980s, much of it community-based. Graham Smith’s The Making of Oral History is a useful introduction to the history of the discipline.


Irish Heart, Coventry Home

 

 

This project celebrates the contribution of Irish people who came to Coventry.

We have interviewed 65 people from Ireland who arrived between the years 1940-1970. These interviews are currently being turned into a 30 minute DVD.

We have also collected photographs and objects. These will be used at an exhibition at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum 10 March – 10 April 2018:   http://www.theherbert.org/whats_on/1242/irish_heart_coventry_home

Join us for a lively evening of fun to mark the opening of our new exhibition:  http://www.theherbert.org/whats_on/1269/whats_the_craic

The most successful element of the project has been the breadth of our interviewees. We have spoken to a wide variety of people including poets, builders, teachers, musicians. Furthermore, we are pleased to have involved so many female interviewees. Women are sometimes left out of narratives of Irish migration, even though they came to England in significant numbers.

One element we have found a bit of a struggle is capturing the media’s attention. Hopefully, we will attain more interest when the exhibition goes live in March 2018.

Publications: Not yet, although we are thinking of turning this into a book.

Other outputs: We will be producing a DVD and exhibition in March 2018

Duration of project: 12 months

Contact details:
Coventry Point, Market Way, Coventry, CV1 1EA
Telephone: 07933 308109
Email: ciaran.davis@covirishsoc.org.uk

 

Volunteers learning how to use the equipment.

 

The launch of the project in March 2017. From left, Simon McCarthy (Manager of Coventry Irish Society), Dr. Cathy Hunt (Steering Committee) and Ciaran Davis (Project Officer).

 

Seán Cannon. Lead singer of the Dubliners. Interviewed for the project.

Seeking British Korean War veterans for film project

 

UK CHARITY SEEKS OUT BRITISH KOREAN WAR VETERANS FOR INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION FILM PROJECT

The Legasee Educational Trust Links up with the Korean War Legacy Foundation for Educational Project Covering Three Continents.

The Legasee Educational Trust is looking for Korean War Veterans from across the UK to come forward and share their experiences of the often forgotten conflict for a major new oral history project that will see British contributors added to the Korean War Legacy Foundations international digital memorial archive.

The New York-based Korean War Legacy Foundation, Inc. (KWLF) has sponsored the Legasee Educational Trust to film the oral accounts of British Korean War Veterans for their digital memorial, which hosts around 800 in-depth interviews with Korean War vets and 6,000 historical artefacts related to the conflict (http://kwvdm.org).

The British Veteransoral histories will complement the existing archive, which is used for educational projects including providing digital teaching materials, hosting annual teacher conferences and running educational trips to Korea.

The project follows the success last year of the Legasee Educational Trusts Korea The Forgotten War project, which collected the personal testimonies of 50 veterans from the North West of England for a digital archive that formed an invaluable insight into first-hand experiences of the war. This was accompanied by a local schools project, teaching resources and an exhibition at the Tameside Local Studies and Archive Centre.

Jongwoo Han, President of the Korean War Legacy Foundation said: We are very excited at the prospect of receiving the stories of Korean War Veterans from Great Britain, the second largest force to fight in the Korean War. The stories will be a great boost to our archive and help to bring together educators and teachers from three countries the Republic of Korea, the UK and the USA.

Legasee Trustee Martin Bisiker said: We are extremely keen to record the personal stories of British veterans who were involved in a war that is too often forgotten for this very special project. We know there must be lots of people out there with stories to tell and we are very keen to hear from them. If you know of anyone who was involved in the conflict then please encourage them to step forward so their voices can be heard for future generations across the world to discover and learn from.

If you know of anybody who served in the Korean War and has a story to tell, please contact the Legasee Educational Trust at martin@legasee.org.uk. Filming is expected to commence from September 2017.

About Legasee Educational Trust:

Legasee Educational Trust is a charity set up to record the experiences and observations of all veterans of conflict from WWII until present day. To create the largest online film archive of this aspect of our social history that can be used for education, learning and better understanding for todays generation and many generations to come. Legasees film archive is well regarded and used to support

Legasee Educational Trust is a Registered Charity No.1145354

 

Got an idea for sharing oral histories in the public domain? Want £5,000 to help? Apply for the NLS Goodison Fellowship!

 

National Life Stories, the oral history charitable trust based at the British Library, is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the National Life Stories Goodison Fellowship 2018-19.  The aim of the Fellowship is to increase public knowledge and awareness of oral history, particularly of the National Life Stories collections.  The award of £5,000 is open anyone resident in the United Kingdom who wishes to use the National Life Stories oral history collections to reflect on life stories and memory, and share the results of their research in the public domain.  Past Fellows have used the award to stage an exhibition, research a book, write scholarly, online and journal articles and produce a radio programme. 

The National Life Stories Goodison Fellowship provide the recipient the time and space to listen in-depth to oral history material from across the collections. The award holder will become the Goodison Fellow for a period of three to nine months, subject to agreement with the Awarding Panel. The Fellowship must commence in the period 1 February 2018 – 1 November 2018. 

For more information and application details visit https://www.bl.uk/projects/national-life-stories-fellowships

The closing date for applications is midnight on Monday 20 November 2017.


‘Roma Oral History Project’ wins National Lottery support

 

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded £77,100 to the Roma Support Group for the Roma Oral History Project, which will work with Roma researchers, local community members, London Metropolitan Archives, museums and academic institutions to explore, archive and share the unrecorded stories of Roma refugees and migrants in London.

The Roma ‘voice’ has often been marginalised, ‘hidden’ or written out of mainstream historical narratives due to discrimination and racism. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, this project will give the Roma community a rare opportunity to record their history, which has been passed down across generations orally, before it is lost.

The project will explore several key themes that are central to Roma heritage: anti-Roma persecution during WWII, displacement, migration, changing identities and an emerging sense of belonging in their new country.

The project will give young and older Roma and non-Roma community members a unique opportunity to be trained in collecting oral history stories, archiving and preserving them for future generations. Roma researchers will work together with volunteers to record, archive and share Roma oral history through educational materials, workshops and exhibitions, allowing them to challenge negative perceptions and anti-Roma prejudices.

All of the collected oral histories will be audio-recorded, transcribed, catalogued and archived at the London Metropolitan Archives and local museums, making them available to the wider public for the first time in UK.

Sylvia Ingmire, Roma Support Group’s CEO, stated: “We are thrilled to have received this National Lottery award. By enabling the Roma community to conduct their own oral history research, this project will promote greater cultural awareness and understanding as well as helping Roma to be included in the wider social and political debate.”

   

 

 

 

 


Capturing Craigavon

 

Project Summary
‘Capturing Craigavon’ is a community-based project that aims to explore and document the history of the New Town of Craigavon, charting the events, stories and implications of its founding, from its conception in the 1960s, through the decline of the 1980s and 90s and on to the renewal of the 2000s up to the present day.

This project has been conceived by the community and developed with the support of Armagh City, Banbridge, Craigavon Borough Council (ABC Council). It involves local people in researching, documenting, archiving and developing new ways to share the story with the wider public.

It has a strong focus on oral history, and involves training residents in oral history techniques to continue growing the town’s archive of stories, which are housed on capturingcraigavon.com

Email: rebekah@placeni.org


Scotland 2016

 

Glasgow/Strathaven (Alison Chand)

Since becoming a regional networker for the OHS in Scotland in summer 2016, I have dealt with an enquiry from an Edinburgh based group in the process of setting up an oral history project, offering advice on training and costs. The group asked that the details of the project remain confidential at this stage. I am looking forward to becoming more involved with the OHS and offering more advice to local groups in my first full year as a regional networker.