In celebration of its hugely successful decade of celebrity genealogy, this year’s Who Do You Think You Are television series is set to be an exciting one. With the theme of fighting running through the ten episodes, the producers have lined up a dynamic range of actors, writers and comedians to trace their family history before our eyes.
Else Churchill, Head Genealogist of the Society of Genealogists, tells London Oral History‘s Marése O’Sullivan about what it’s like to tackle case studies, lead the SoG’s education programme and – of course – how the SoG can help oral historians.
Dr. Samuel J. Redman, Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst‘s Department of History and Center for Heritage and Society, speaks exclusively to London Oral History in this Q&A about his role, why it’s important to have a national oral tradition and what his top tips are for maintaining a familial oral history archive.
With the canonisation today of Pope John Paul II in the Vatican, we take a look back at video archive footage telling the oral history of his life and, below, a timeline and fact file.
Fancy a free 10 day trip to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia? The British Muslim Heritage Centre in conjunction with www.flynas.com are offering 5 lucky winners a free 10 day return-trip from Manchester to Jeddah in the month of May (each winner will receive a pair of tickets to enable you to travel with a companion).
What makes a great speech? There is no single answer to this and a range of ingredients are needed for a speech to be considered great and perhaps more for it to be immortal.
This week in our series of The Makers of History: Steve Jobs. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did.
This week in our series of The Makers of History: Barack Obama. What makes us exceptional — what makes us American — is our allegiance to an idea, articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago.