The Oral History Society joins in the widespread condemnation of the closure of Russia’s International Memorial Organisation. The decision to close ordered by a Russian court on the 28th of December represents an assault on human rights, and in particular an attempt to suppress the Organisation’s significant contribution to the history of the Soviet Union.
The Age Exchange Theatre and Reminiscence Centre was founded by Pam Schweitzer in 1983 and she was its Artistic Director from 1983 to 2005. Her special interest in creating theatre from the memories of older people has led her to direct over 30 professional theatre productions which have toured nationally and internationally.
This project involved an oral historian working creatively with spoken testimonies to create memory-based art and poetry. It explored the importance of taking time to reflect on and celebrate a person’s life and achievements and what it means to have that life story encapsulated in an artwork.