Address: The School of Music, Humanities and Media,
University of Huddersfield
Telephone: 07722 87 4404
Role within the OHS:
Regional Network Representative for Yorkshire
Current professional role:
PhD Research Student
Centre for Visual and Oral History Research, University of Huddersfield
I am currently writing up an AHRC-funded PhD with the working title: ‘Towards an archaeology of the voice: the presentation of oral history as site-specific sound using locative media’ which is based on over 60 interviews I carried out in the Holbeck area of Leeds. The work focuses on producing multi-vocal oral histories as located sound. The PhD proposal was based on ‘Identities of place and community: an audio walk of Holbeck, Leeds’, which formed part of my MA (Distinction) in Oral History at Huddersfield University.
Before re-entering academia I worked as a freelance community artist on many digital media projects involving place, memory and voice. The most recent public oral history projects include: Memories of Leeds City Varieties – (2010-11) an oral history project on behalf of the theatre producing a popular oral history online archive and material for time capsule buried beneath the refurbished site. I worked with community groups, staff, Friends of the City Varieties Music Hall and volunteers to record peoples’ memories and stories of this much loved theatre. Marc Riboud Exhibition – (2009) a major retrospective at Leeds City Museum – this oral history project involved tracing and then interviewing people who appeared in Riboud’s stunning 1954 photographs of Leeds. The project was a collaboration between myself, local historian Janet Douglas, the BBC, and the museum involving producing material for exhibition installations and a CD. In Sonic City (2006-9), I worked as project manager and undertook many interviews throughout the city over the three years, and produced an extensive online archive of place memories and reflections on behalf of Leeds City Council.
Audio walks, sound recording and editing, online and locative media, site-specific work