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  • EMOHA's new project for 2016/2017 is up and running. An Oral History of Post-War Leicester 1945-1962 is aiming to record the memories of as many people as possible over the next year. We need your help to both identify and record people. Click here for more information.

  • There are now over 200 oral history recordings from the 1980s on the My Leicestershire History website. The aim is to put over 400 interviews from the Leicester Oral History Archive online and this should be achieved in the first couple of months of 2017. You can browse the collection from here: http://specialcollections.le.ac.uk/cdm/landingpage/collection/p15407coll1

  • There is a new video about the Korean War and the Leicestershire men who fought in it. Produced by Leicestershire County Council with help from EMOHA, 'Memories of the Korean War' is on You Tube at - https://youtu.be/5KMmuTVeLEI

  • 'Planning Leicester - Town Planning and the Historic Environment since the 1960s' was a two day event held on 1 and 2 July 2016 and organised by the University of Leicester and Leicester City Council, with support from the Leicestershire Archaeological & Historical Society. Videos of many of the talks from the event are now on EMOHA’s YouTube channel as a playlist. These talks give an excellent introduction to 1960s planning and how it, and the people involved with it, have affected Leicester’s historic environment up to the present day - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3Rnsga7PXcujC635r47kjbymBPdsCpzY

  • In September 2016 the Leicestershire Villages website closed down. In the 2000s EMOHA put a lot of oral history sound clips on the website describing a variety of rural issues and events. Many of these clips can still be listened to on our Leicestershire Villages webpage - http://www.le.ac.uk/emoha/community/leicsvillages.html

  • It's nothing to do with oral history, but there is a children's activity trail around Leicester that has been created with input from EMOHA and you can download it for free from here - http://www.visitleicester.info/things-to-see-and-do/heritage/childrensactivitytrail/

  • The 2016 East Midlands Oral History Day was about 'Oral History & Health' and was held at Nottingham Central Library on 8th June. Full details here - http://www.le.ac.uk/emoha/news/ohday_2016.html Details of the 2015 event, 'Oral History & Video' are here - http://www.le.ac.uk/emoha/news/ohday_2015.html. The 2014 day was a celebration of the contribution the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has made to oral history in the region over the last 20 years - http://www.le.ac.uk/emoha/news/ohday_2014.html. The 2013 East Midlands Oral History Day was on the subject of ‘Past, Present & Future’ and there are details here - http://www.le.ac.uk/emoha/news/ohday_2013.html. The 2012 event was on the subject of 'Telling Stories' - click here for details. There are top tips for interviewers and a picture of the cake on the 2011 webpage - click here for details. The page for the 2010 event has suggested questions you can ask about working lives and is available by clicking here. For a brief summary of the 2009 event click here.

  • EMOHA's WW1 oral histories are now online. Taken from around 300 recordings made in the 1980s and 1990s you can hear local people talk about the home front in Leicestershire & Rutland during the Great War. Click here to go to the exhibition.

  • EMOHA is now able to lend recording equipment to community groups or individuals in the East Midlands who want to record oral history. We have a selection of recorders from simple to use Zoom H1s and Tascam Dr-05s to higher end Zoom H4ns which can take good quality external microphones. If you want to find out more about this contact Colin Hyde via ch38@le.ac.uk . Don't forget that if you're after advice about recording equipment you can look to us for advice on our current equipment page.

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Projects, Schemes

  • Bethany White is a doctoral student in History at Oxford University Her research focuses on working-class women’s experiences of university between 1965 and 1975. She is looking for women who attended the University of Birmingham and the University of Warwick as undergraduates during this time period, who would have thought of themselves as ‘working-class’, and who would be willing to take part in an informal interview about their university and post-university experiences. If you would be interested in participating, please e-mail Bethany at bethany.white@history.ox.ac.uk where she can provide you with more information and answer any questions. Bethany also has a website, www.workingclassuniversitywomen.wordpress.com, with more details about the project. Posted 22.7.2016.
  • The Executive Board of UNESCO have endorsed the adoption of a World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, to be held on 27th October each year. For those of you wanting to know more, the document submitted to the Exec Board is here: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0014/001469/146936e.pdf
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  • Mark Vernon is a radio producer who has produced programmes about tape clubs in Derby and Nottingham and has now turned his attention to the Leicester Tape Club, a gathering of tape recorder enthusiasts who started recording in the 1950s. For more information and snippets from the programmes have a look here: http://www.meagreresource.com/archive/tape.html
  • Retired policeman Kip Phillips has published a book about his time as a bobby working from Asfordby Street police station and then Spinney Hills Park police station in the Highfields district of Leicester. More details here.
  • BRITISH AND IRISH SOUND ARCHIVES (BISA) – DISCUSSION LIST. This list has been formed following a meeting in Edinburgh in May 2006 to form a network for sound archives. Some of the common areas of concern identified at the meeting included funding, digitization and technical obsolescence, storage, access, legal matters, and pooling good practice. The list can be used to discuss these or other matters of common professional interest. Go to http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/lists/BISA.html to join the list.
  • Pam Schweitzer has published a book, 'Reminiscence Theatre. Making Theatre from Memories'. This book is a comprehensive guide to the nature, practice and therapeutic effects of reminiscence theatre. Drawing on examples from a range of real-life case studies, Pam Schweitzer provides practical advice on the process of taking an oral history, creating from it a written script and developing that into a dramatic production, on whatever scale. More details here: http://www.jkp.com/catalogue/book.php/isbn/9781843104308
  • AGE EXCHANGE has published a resource book which they believe will be of great interest and use to you. MAPPING MEMORIES - Reminiscence with Ethnic Minority Elders features the lives of 24 elders who originate from the Caribbean, Africa, India and China.
  • Barbara Hind has published a book, 'Sheepy Tales'. Click here for more details.
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