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It's that time of year again! Time to extend an invitation to the 2012 East Midlands Oral History Day. This year's theme is 'Telling Stories' and the event will be held at EMOHA, 1 Salisbury Rd, Leicester on Monday 18th June 2012. Whenever we talk about the past we do so by telling stories. To capture these stories the oral history interviewer presses 'record' on a recording device, but there are various ways of recording stories and various ways of interpreting the stories told. Speakers will cover subjects such as digital storytelling, recording interviews in Hysen Green, Nottingham, and what are the ingredients of a good story? The full programme will be announced closer to the date and the day will be an ideal opportunity for both experienced and inexperienced oral historians to discuss and share their experiences.

To cover costs there will be an admission charge of £5 (£3 for students, retired, unwaged). For further information or to book a place please contact Colin Hyde at emoha@le.ac.uk or tel: 0116 2525065. More details can be found at http://www.le.ac.uk/emoha/news/ohday_2012.html . See you on the 18th June!


The British Library is partnering with BBC Radio 4 and BBC national and local radio on a major new initiative The Listening Project. Full details are now available online at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/features/the-listening-project and via http://www.bl.uk/listeningproject/, which has links to the Oral History Society's website.

Based on the US StoryCorps model (which has collected and archived 35,000 conversations since 2003: http://storycorps.org/), people up and down the country are being encouraged to share an intimate conversation lasting up to forty minutes with a close friend or relative on a topic of their choice. Some of these conversations will take place in BBC studios, in London and around the UK (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01cqx3b/features/stations), others can be uploaded via the BBC's dedicated website (http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/features/the-listening-project/uploader). Many of the studio recordings will be edited and broadcast across BBC Radio, and all of them will be archived at the BL in their entirety, preserving them for future generations, together with key metadata. Subject to the consent of participants there will be access to the full recordings at the BL, initially onsite and, after a year, online via http://sounds.bl.uk/.

Edited three-minute versions of conversations will be broadcast in three programmes on Radio 4 on Fridays from 30th March 2012. An omnibus edition will air on Sundays. All broadcast conversations will be available on the BBC's website at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/features/the-listening-project, along with a free download of the weekly omnibus programme.


New additions to the East Midlands project pages include the 'Limestone Journeys' project at Cresswell Crags, Derbyshire, which is preserving existing recordings and creating new ones; 'The Children of the Croft' project which will explore the stories of women who were lone parents in the 1960s and 1970s, and who lived at The Croft, Alexandra Park, Nottingham; 'Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire' who are recording memories of a wide variety of people who have been associated with RAF bases in the area. Information about oral history projects in the East Midlands can be found here - http://www.le.ac.uk/emoha/emoha/emidlandsprojects.html


Colin Hyde

East Midlands Oral History Archive

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