Oral history seminars kick off on October 12


We’re delighted to unveil our programme of seminars at the Institute of Historical Research for the next academic year.

The programmes start with a seminar by Rebecca Pearce from Exeter University who will be talking about her research of the historic drought oral history collection. Traditionally, scientists and historians have not collaborated to study the impact of extreme weather events on individuals, however this oral history collection provides an opportunity to look at how individuals interpret historic events and how this affects their views on future risk.

Rebecca’s talk is entitled Building resilience through shuttlework: the positive contribution oral testimony can make to climate risk assessments. It takes place at 6pm on October 12 in the John S Cohen room (203), Senate House (north block), Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU.

The seminar is free, open to all and there is no need to book.

The programme for the coming year is as follows (all seminars take place in the same room and same time as above unless otherwise stated):

  • Revising The Voice of the Past: oral history’s role in a changing world
    Joanna Bornat, Open University, and Paul Thompson, Essex University
    November 9 in Senate House south block, room SH246
    Since Paul Thompson’s first edition in 1978, The Voice of the Past has been a classic in making the case for oral history. Nearly 40 years later, the fourth edition, expanded and revised jointly with Joanna Bornat, explores oral history’s worldwide development and activity, continues to argue and explain key principles, proposes reliable approaches and sets out ethical guidance for both new and experienced oral historians. This seminar will be chaired by Graham Smith, professor of oral history at Newcastle University.

    A discount offer for copies is available. We welcome you to this discussion and celebration.

  • The troubles with a lower case ‘t’: memory, deindustrialisation and urban redevelopment in Belfast
    Sean O’Connell, Queen’s University, Belfast,
    February 15
  • With care in the community everything goes: oral histories of people giving and receiving care in Nottingham mental hospitals
    Verusca Calabria, Nottingham University
    March 15

  • Social history without people: capturing the voices of Welsh Jewry
    Cai Parry-Jones, Royal Horticultural Society
    April 19

  • Carry on sergeant: exploring National Service in personal and popular memory
    Joel Morley, University of Essex
    June 14