Simon Bradley

Address: Maryport, Cumbria.

Telephone: 07722 87 4404


  Role within the OHS:

Regional Network Representative for North West 

  Current professional role:

Freelance oral historian and sound artist

  Current projects:

I am currently working freelance in North West Cumbria, and putting together a post-doctoral project with the Oral History Unit & Collective at Newcastle University tracing oral histories centred on the Solway.

  Previous projects:

My most recent freelance interviewing and editing work was on the King’s Cross Story Palace which History Pin and The Building Exploratory launched in 2018.

In 2016, I completed my doctoral thesis entitled ‘Archaeology of the Voice: Exploring Oral History, Locative Media, Audio Walks, and Sound Art as Site-Specific Displacement Activities’. The project was based on over 60 interviews I carried out in the Holbeck area of Leeds, and focused on producing multi-vocal oral histories as GPS-located sound.

Before the PhD I worked as a freelance community artist on many digital media projects involving place, memory and voice. Public oral history projects include: Memories of Leeds City Varieties – (2010-11) an oral history project on behalf of the theatre producing a popular oral history online archive and material for time capsule buried beneath the refurbished site. I worked with community groups, staff, Friends of the City Varieties Music Hall and volunteers to record peoples’ memories and stories of this much loved theatre. Marc Riboud Exhibition – (2009) a major retrospective at Leeds City Museum – this oral history project involved tracing and then interviewing people who appeared in Riboud’s stunning 1954 photographs of Leeds. The project was a collaboration between myself, local historian Janet Douglas, the BBC, and the museum involving producing material for exhibition installations and a CD. In Sonic City (2006-9), I worked as project manager and undertook many interviews throughout the city over the three years, and produced an extensive online archive of place memories and reflections on behalf of Leeds City Council.


Audio walks, sound recording and editing, online and locative media, site-specific work. I also undertake project management and provide introductory training sessions covering all aspects of oral history practice.