“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

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.