Bristol Archives Online Event

16 December 2021

We are holding a free lunchtime event looking at the role and importance of oral histories for the historical record – details as follows:

Oral histories: their importance and impact

Listening to oral histories allows us to hear the struggles and joys of people recorded over the last century. Collecting oral histories helps us bear witness to individual lives. People are sharing their stories in their own words. 

 Join our select panel of speakers as they discuss their experience with oral history.  They will reflect on the importance of oral history to our understanding of our shared heritage both locally and globally.  


Kavita Puri, writer and broadcaster

Pat Hart, chief executive and station manager, Bristol Community FM Warda Ibrahim, history project assistant, M Shed

The conversation is facilitated by:

Mary Milton, rights clearance officer for Unlocking Our Sound Heritage, Bristol Archives

This event marks the launch of ‘Quiet Voices of Empire’ an online exhibition from the British Empire and Commonwealth Collection (BECC) and Unlocking Our Sound Heritage (UOSH). This exhibition incorporates the use of BECC oral histories.  Recently digitised, these oral histories are now accessible for the first time in over 20 years.  Unlocking Our Sound Heritage is a national project led by the British Library, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

How to take part

This free, online talk will be held over Zoom. Please book your place


16 Dec 2021

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