Mary Stewart

Address: Oral History,
The British Library,
96 Euston Road,

Roles within the OHS:
  • Trustee
  • Member of the Archives Sub-committee
  • Member of the Finance and Membership Sub-committee
  • Member of the British Library/Oral History Society Training Liaison Group – including an interest in facilitating continuing professional development events
Current professional role:

Curator of Oral History at the British Library and Deputy Director of National Life Stories.


The British Library and National Life Stories.

Current projects:

I work across a diverse range of projects at the British Library, including National Life Stories projects (see and liaise with external partners depositing their interviews into the BL collections. Currently I am developing a new National Life Stories project: An Oral History of Talking Therapies in the UK.  I am also writing (with OHS trustee Cynthia Brown) a chapter for a family history book, exploring how family historians interact with archived oral histories.

Previous projects:

I worked with project interviewers to manage the National Life Stories projects An Oral History of the Water Industry in the UK and An Oral History of Barings. My article ‘Exploring family reactions to life story recordings’, was published in Oral History in the spring 2013 edition. I have also presented conference papers on the subject of the ‘biography’ of the oral history archive.

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