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Welcome to the Oral History Society’s blog. Here we share stories and updates from oral history projects all over the United Kingdom – from community projects to student research and museum curation. Whatever your involvement in oral history, we would like to hear from you.

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Former political prisoner Susanna Pechuro at a procession before the opening of the monument to victims of repression in Moscow.

OHS condemns closure of Memorial International

The Oral History Society joins in the widespread condemnation of the closure of Russia’s International Memorial Organisation. The decision to close ordered by a Russian court on the 28th of December represents an assault on human rights, and in particular an attempt to suppress the Organisation’s significant contribution to the history of the Soviet Union.

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World AIDS Day: Oral History and the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Britain

Oral history has always been at the heart of historical research on HIV/AIDS in Britain, and its popularity as a source for historians of the epidemic continues to grow. To mark World AIDS Day, George Severs charts the history of oral history in HIV/AIDS research and explains why oral history interviews remain so powerful.

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Kiyotaka Sato

A Japanese oral historian in Leicester

Between April 2001 and March 2002 Kiyotaka Sato was a visiting scholar at the Centre for Urban History and the East Midlands Oral History Archive (EMOHA) at the University of Leicester. During his time there he developed an interest in the history and culture of multi-ethnic Britain, and in particular in Leicester itself. Here he reflects on his subsequent research and the ‘Memory and Narrative’ series: a collection of biographical booklets that he published as a result of his work.

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Learning from feminist oral history

Margaretta Jolly describes the aims of Sisterhood and After: The Women’s Liberation Oral History Project, archived at the British Library. She reflects on highlights and challenges and what some interviewees felt ten years on about the role of oral history in women’s fight for equality.

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