Mary Ingoldby

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Telephone: 0117 9243175


Current Professional Role:

Freelance Oral Historian, Researcher and Writer.

Open Session writer 2016/2017 Bristol Old Vic Theatre

Advising and training; interviewing and editing, producing sound pieces. Using Oral Histories as a source of inspiration for script writing.

Previous Projects:

Working with sound has run throughout my career, in the theatre, at the BBC and as an Oral Historian since 1999. I began my OH career at the former British Empire and Commonwealth Museum in Bristol where I ran the sound archive and curated oral history for exhibitions and education; produced Commonwealth FM a radio station in the museum inspired by the oral history archive. In 2003/2005 MA at Central St Martins – Creative Practice for Narrative Environments and then worked freelance curating oral histories for exhibitions and locations. Clients include Bristol University, North Bristol NHS Trust, The Friends of Gibraltar, The Museum of Water, Glenside Hospital Museum, The National Trust, The National Portrait Gallery, English Heritage.

I have worked on several projects for the NHS, most notably as lead artist for What’s Our Story – recording the move from two old hospitals to a new building, the collected material inspired a permanent exhibition and a series of theatre pieces performed in the hospital.


Interviewing, editing, creating soundscapes; thinking creatively about the use of oral history in galleries, locations and education. Using oral history and research as an inspiration for script writing.

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