Reflections from Scotland 2021

In my capacity as OHS regional networker for Scotland, I have dealt with a number of queries this year, relating to advice on funding applications, training, volunteering opportunities, archiving and ethical considerations. 

My own work has incorporated my continued roles as a trainer for the Scottish Oral History Centre at the University of Strathclyde and for the British Library/Oral History Society, and as a lecturer in History with the University of the Highlands and Islands. I have also carried out some freelance interviewing work, including with the NHS Voices of Covid-19 project. 

In the early part of 2021, I also completed a round of remotely undertaken oral history interviews for my British Academy/Leverhulme-funded project entitled ‘Rainbows in the Windows: An Oral History of Young Families in the Covid-19 pandemic’, primarily using an Olympus TP-8 microphone and a Zoom H4N recorder. From October 2021, I have begun to conduct follow-up interviews with some of the people I spoke to in 2020 and early 2021. Some of these interviews are, at the time of writing this, being carried out face to face, while others continue to be carried out remotely. Finally, this year, I also published an article in the Oral History Review entitled ‘Same Interviewee, Different Interviewer: Researching Intersubjectivity in Studies of the Reserved Occupations in the Second World War.’ 

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