News and Events

By Marése O’Sullivan

Coming Up:

  • Oral History Society Annual Conference

Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Metropolitan University is hosting the annual conference of the Oral History Society from 18-19 July 2014. Entitled ‘Community Voices: Oral History on the Ground’, there will be workshops; papers; discussions on equipment, creative approaches to oral history and contested communities; and the AGM of the Oral History Society.

Two keynote speakers will take to the stage. The first is Linda Shopes – co-editor of Oral History and Public Memories (2008), co-general editor of Palgrave Macmillan’s Studies in Oral History series, and past President of the U.S. Oral History Assocation.

The second is Simon Elmes, Creative Director of the BBC’s Radio Documentary Unit and former Executive Producer of the magazine Word of Mouth.

Booking is now open, with a standard fee of £150 (reduced rates also possible) – you can download the registration form here.

  • Digital Cultural Heritage: Representations and Perceptions – a British Library event

The fourth part of the British Library series, Digital Conversations, will take place on Wednesday 7 May from 6pm-8.15pm. Led by the Library’s Digital Research Team, a panel of experts across the disciplines of curatorship, digital cultural heritage, 3D imaging of objects and environments, and computer modelling for virtual reconstruction will all consider how digital restoration impacts material from our past.

Tickets are free but in high demand. You can add yourself to the waitlist here and read more about the Library’s strategy regarding digital preservation here.


  • An oral history of the early achievements of Women in Publishing has been awarded a £10,000 grant by the Unwin Charitable Trust. From May 2014 to 2016, the project will be developed and will launch as a public resource at the British Library when it is completed.
British Library

The British Library

  • Whitley’s Oral History Group has received £20,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to record the stories of Worcestershire residents.
  • London Metropolitan Archives are running a series of talks over the coming months, including a behind the scenes tour and In Search of Limehouse, an area that was home to London’s first China Town as well as Charles Dickens.

London Metropolitan Archives

  • Senate House plays host to a seminar with Joanna Bornat from Open University: ‘Oral history crossing national boundaries: investigating belief and non-belief in three European countries’, 5 February 2014, 2-4pm.
  • The University of Warwick is running a seminar with Anna Hajkova, Assistant Professor of Modern Continental European History: ‘You are here to interview me?’ Oral history and writing the history of everyday life in the Holocaust, 12 March 2014, 1-2pm.

Voices and the Archive: Oral History Research and Researchers

Wednesday 20 November 2013

Joanna Bornat, Graham Smith, and Jane Renouf chat about oral history’s relationship with social science

King’s College London: Oral History Witness Seminar

Tuesday 26 November 2013

The Role and Functions of British High Commission in Pretoria

Oral History Society/Institute of Historical Research Seminar

Thursday 5 December 2013

Joel Morley from Queen Mary, University of London

Unraveling Motivations: the Great War and masculinity in oral histories of Second World War enlistment


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