Address: East Midlands Oral History Archive
Centre for Urban History
University of Leicester
Telephone: 0116 2525065
Role within the OHS:
Regional Network Representative for East Midlands
Current professional role:
University of Leicester
At the start of 2014 current projects include advising the BBC in the East Midlands on WW1 for the ‘World War One at Home’ project – and an AHRC funded project investigating de-industrialised spaces, ‘Affective Digital Histories’.
Links to previous project can be found on the EMOHA website at http://www.le.ac.uk/emoha/index.html
Colin’s involvement with oral history goes back to the original Leicester Oral History Archive, which he joined in 1988. He has worked on many community-based oral history projects, and has edited oral history publications such as Walnut Street Past, Present & Future (1995) and TH Wathes, A Century of Service (2004). Colin is able to give advice on all aspects of oral history work. He has worked with many community organisations in Leicestershire & Rutland, giving talks, training sessions, retrieving existing oral history recordings, and encouraging and supporting new work.
The East Midlands Oral History Archive was originally funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to establish the first large-scale archive of oral history recordings for Leicestershire & Rutland. This includes the collections of the former Leicester Oral History Archive, the Mantle archive from North West Leicestershire, the Community History archive of Leicester City Libraries, the Market Harborough Museum collection, and the sound archive of BBC Radio Leicester, along with smaller collections donated by local organisations or individuals.
The recordings are deposited in the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland, and are currently being catalogued to make them more accessible. The project now has an online catalogue, and a range of online resources. EMOHA also aims to generate new oral history recordings through its own programme of interviewing, and by providing advice, training and support for community groups, museums and heritage organisations, students and other individuals who are interested in developing their own projects.
EMOHA is based in the Centre for Urban History at the University of Leicester and is also supported by Leicestershire County Council and Leicester City Council via the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland.