Dangerous Oral Histories: risks, responsibilities and rewards
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?
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Organisation: The National Co-operative Archive
Address: Holyoake House, Hanover Street, Manchester, M60 0AS
Details of Volunteer Post:
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: email@example.com
Launch of the Oral History Collective and Unit @ Newcastle
Wednesday 10 January, 5.30 pm
Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building,
Professor Alessandro Portelli, Professor of American Literature
Sapienza, University of Rome
Alessandro Portelli has played a leading role in transforming oral history. Through a number of key studies, he has promoted an appreciation of oral history as a literary genre that throws light on the significance of subjectivity in history. By interpreting the themes and structures of eyewitness testimony, Portelli has consistently demonstrated new ways of understanding memory.
In this lecture Portelli reflects on his work to date, illustrating his intellectual journey with reference to the stories of the personal, and historical, victories and defeats that have inspired his critical contribution.
For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Curtis auditorium is in the Herschel Building, just across the road from the Haymarket metro station and no. 17 on the campus map:
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.
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
Department of Oral History – Contemporary History, Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.
Admission to our Oral History – Contemporary History program is now open until July 31 2018.
Oral History – Contemporary History is a 2-year Master’s study program in a combined (part-time) form of study and as the name suggests, our program aims to educate students in contemporary history as well as in methodology of oral history.
Our department is a part of Faculty of Humanities, Charles University in Prague, and we also closely cooperate with the Oral History Centre at the Institute of Contemporary History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.
If you would like to know more about us, please visit our website:
We are looking forward to hearing from you!
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.
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-
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.
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
Coventry Point, Market Way, Coventry, CV1 1EA
Telephone: 07933 308109
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 Foundation’s 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 Veterans’ oral 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 Trust’s ‘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 email@example.com. 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 today’s generation and many generations to come’. Legasee’s film archive is well regarded and used to support
Legasee Educational Trust is a Registered Charity No.1145354
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.