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The 2015 East Midlands Oral History Day was about 'Oral History & Video'.

The East Midlands Oral History Day 2015 took place in the David Wilson Library First Floor Library Seminar Room, University of Leicester, on Friday 3rd July. Maps and directions can be found here - http://www.le.ac.uk/maps/ . The nearest public car park is the Granville Rd/Victoria Park car park, while the campus is a 15 minute walk from the train station.

This year the subject was 'Oral History & Video' and we had a range of speakers from both the local documentary film world and local history.

The day featured:

09.30 Introduction to filming interviews – Jon Shears, University of Leicester

10.30 Coffee & Tea

10.45 Welcome – Colin Hyde, EMOHA.

10.50 Cynthia Brown – Oral History Society update, current work, theme for the day - http://www.ohs.org.uk/

11.00 Speaker 1 – Vijay Mistry, 2Funky Arts, the ‘Spectrum’ film and project - http://www.2funkyarts.co.uk/ and https://youtu.be/Rei5sMW6wj0

11.40 Speaker 2 – Steve Friendship of Large Scale - http://www.largescalefilm.co.uk/ - and Woody Kitson of eKit - http://ekit.co.uk/ - on making the film 'Meeting the Presser' and creating an interactive media app - Meeting the Presser app

12.20 Speaker 3 – James Patterson of the Media Archive for Central England (MACE) on the collections at MACE and archiving video and film - http://www.macearchive.org/

13.00 Lunch (not provided)

13.30 Speaker 4 – Patcee Francis, Syncopate Media - http://www.syncopate.net/ - on working in Nottingham and Leicester to record the memories of different generations of the African-Caribbean communities. ‘Making Waves’ - https://youtu.be/2BEginKevFM - 'Many Rivers to Cross' - https://youtu.be/Fp76muFTDIk

14.40 Speaker 5 – Cora Glasser of Glassball Arts on community projects using video and projections - http://www.glassball.org.uk/. Cora demonstrated a mounting for mobile phone, microphone and light, which can be seen on the Hague Camera Supports website - http://www.haguecamerasupports.com/phone-tablet-accessories/hague-ps2-phone-steadymount

15.20 Q&A – you may send in questions in advance

16.00 End

Cost for the day was £5 (£3 concession). Lunch was not provided but there is a cafe at the library. There is disabled access to the venue.

Contact Colin Hyde for more information and/or to book a place (places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis)

Colin Hyde Email: ch38@le.ac.uk Tel: 0116 2525065


A selection of oral history/history/archive/documentary films featuring the East Midlands.

Many recordings are available at the Media Archive for Central England (MACE), which exists to preserve the moving images of the East and West Midlands and provide affordable public access to this material through its website, public screenings, exhibitions, educational workshops and community projects. As well as archive film, MACE has produced a series of DVDs that cover the counties of the Midlands. Information about many of the titles below can be found on MACE's catalogue - http://www.macearchive.org/home.html


Derby Charter Celebrations (1954)

Derby Youth (1948)

From the Lions' Mouths (Migration Stories Project, 2012) - https://youtu.be/CQgvRH4hdU0

Ilkeston Advertiser (1980)


Braunstone Street Life (Central TV, 1986) - https://youtu.be/YImXPshrh3Y

City of Leicester Coronation Procession 1953 - https://youtu.be/_YKC1_hfnXE

Death in the Morning (1964)

Foot Falls (Bill Newsinger/Burt McNeil, 2014) - https://youtu.be/nMoUKfuZs3Q

Leicester City Council - Time of Our Lives, Talk of the Town & Leicester on Parade

Meeting the Presser (Large Scale, 2014) - https://youtu.be/rQrzbs5bxF0

Moving South (Migration Stories Project, 2011) - https://youtu.be/wMadnQaR5zM

Not Lost The Plot - The Story of Queens Road Allotments (Bill Newsinger, 2013) - https://youtu.be/cYrtvoP8_NA

Spectrum (2FunkyArts, 2014) - https://youtu.be/Rei5sMW6wj0

Two Town Mad (Ray Gosling, BBC, 1964)

Ugandan Asians in Leicester - Kampala to Leicester - https://youtu.be/qNpzGus3i58


A City Set on a Hill (1979)

Coming to Skegness (Migration Stories Project, 2012) - https://youtu.be/mqSgx1x7VoA

Engineers to the World (1953)

Mabelthorpe Visions (Migration Stories Project, 2012) - https://youtu.be/VNgpdjfbqoI

The Lincolnshire Film Archive - http://www.lincsfilm.co.uk/

To be a Yellow Belly (1985)

We Chose Skegness (1960) - extract at https://youtu.be/1LslrflYbgc


Good Morning Northampton! (c.1975) - https://youtu.be/3O4IZ8Q3FEs

It's Corby For Me (Migration Stories Project, 2012) - https://youtu.be/v2ZDILlu7rE

Kinky Boots (dir. Julian Jarrold, 2005)

Men of Corby (1961)


Many Rivers to Cross (Syncopate Media, 2014) - https://youtu.be/Fp76muFTDIk

Old Market Square (1951)

Our Town (1980)

Report: St Ann's (1969)

'Riot!! 1981 Film' (Greenshoots, 2014) - https://vimeo.com/101702263

Saturday Night Sunday Morning (dir. Karel Reisz, 1960)

The Factory (1964)

Trentside Story (1963)

Two Town Mad (Ray Gosling, BBC, 1964)


Know Your Midlands: 10.09.1957: Rutland (1957)

Long Live Rutland (1975)


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