National Life Stories Goodison Fellowship 2020-21


Got an idea for sharing oral histories in the public domain? Apply for the NLS Goodison Fellowship to help fund it!

National Life Stories, the oral history charitable trust based at the British Library, is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the National Life Stories Goodison Fellowship 2020-21. The aim of the Fellowship is to increase public knowledge and awareness of oral history, particularly of the National Life Stories collections. The award of £5,000 is open anyone resident in the United Kingdom who wishes to use the National Life Stories oral history collections to reflect on life stories and memory, and share the results of their research in the public domain. Past Fellows have used the award to stage an exhibition, write a play script, research a book, write scholarly, online and journal articles and produce a series of radio programmes.

Applicants can draw on any of the NLS collections, but proposals using material from one or more of the following collections will be particularly welcomed:
Crafts Lives – over 160 life story interviews with British studio crafts makers recorded over the past 20 years
Architects’ Lives – over 150 recordings with pioneering UK architects recorded since 1989
An Oral History of Theatre Design – 30 interviews with prominent theatre designers.

The National Life Stories Goodison Fellowship provides the recipient the time and space to listen in depth to oral history material from across the collections. The award holder will become the Goodison Fellow for a period of three to nine months, subject to agreement with the Awarding Panel. The Fellowship must commence in the period 1 February 2020 – 1 November 2020.

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The closing date for applications is midnight on Monday 28 October 2019.

Post Duration: 3-9 months(months)
Salary: £5,000