Oral history in Yorkshire in 2020

South Yorkshire (Sam Smith & Michelle Winslow) 

This is a limited report due to the Covid-19 situation, oral history training and projects planned at Rotherham Museum and Archives and Elsecar Heritage Centre have been postponed, but some oral history activity continues in South Yorkshire. 

A Sheffield based group is conducting an oral history of a climbing and mountaineering club for women called the Pinnacle Club. They have achieved some socially distanced face to face interviews in recent months and are arranging more to be carried out remotely. The group are creating a multimedia archive for their centenary in 2021 and oral histories will be archived with the British Library. 

The oral history in palliative care project at the Northern General Hospital, Sheffield, had to cease interviewing in March due to Covid-19. Attempts to interview remotely have not been successful, not least because NHS staff are needed to support participants and capacity for this is very limited. However the project team have resumed work to prepare interviews for the University of Sheffield’s Special Collections Archive. 100 interviews are currently available for teaching and research and the aim is to make the majority of the collection available. Discussions with the archive about sensitivity issues are in progress. Several clips from interviews in the archive have been used in a display at Weston Park Museum as part of a new “Sheffield Stories” exhibition, which launched in March.  

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