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The 2017 East Midlands Oral History Day is about 'War, Memory & Oral History'.

*CANCELLED* due to lack of bookings. Our apologies for the inconvenience this might cause to those who have booked for this event or intended to turn up on the day.

The East Midlands Oral History Day 2017 will take place at the Conference Centre on the Riseholme Campus of the University of Lincoln, Riseholme Park, Lincoln LN2 2LG on 29th June, 10am–4pm, 2017. This event is organised by the University of Lincoln and the East Midlands Oral History Archive (EMOHA) at the University of Leicester, with support from the Oral History Society.

Directions to the venue and a map of the campus: http://lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/ourcampus/riseholmepark/ and this .pdf gives you more detailed directions - Riseholme Campus directions.pdf. The event will cost £5 (£3 concession) and tea/coffee/biscuits will be provided, although lunch will not be provided.

To book a place please contact Heather Hughes, IBCC Digital Archive: hhughes@lincoln.ac.uk. While you are welcome to turn up on the day it is useful for us to have an idea of how many people are attending. If you are travelling by train and will need a taxi back to Lincoln station after the event please let Heather know.

Provisional timetable (subject to change)





Dan Ellin & Heather Hughes (IBCC, University of Lincoln) - Welcome; The pleasures and pitfalls of interviewing 90-somethings for the International Bomber Command Centre Digital Archive. This presentation focuses on the ways we have set up and carried out a ‘mass’ oral history project with eyewitnesses to the bombing war, 1939-1945. Our informants are mostly in their mid to late 90s so we focus on the practical and ethical challenges of conducting interviews with the very elderly and how we have prepared interviewers for the task.



Colin Hyde (EMOHA, University of Leicester) - Leicestershire & Rutland Remember WW1. The process of creating an online oral history resource using material from the East Midlands Oral History Archive and the issues that arose when putting it on the Internet. Also, what the material does and doesn't tell us. The web exhibition is here - http://www.le.ac.uk/emoha/community/resources/ww1/index.html






Namak Khoshnaw (Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, University of Leicester) - Mosul under ISIS. This presentation is on the subject of Qayyarah in Mosul, based on recent work for the BBC. It will include unpublished interviews with local people, and will compare how Qayyarah is being remembered with other similar events from Kurdish and Iraqi history. One of the unpublished interviews is with an assassin who works for ISIS. He is currently in prison in Kirkuk. He explains why he took part in these activities, showing how the same event is remembered in different ways. Clip on BBC website - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/desert_on_fire



Dave Harrigan (Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire, or AHL) ran the AHL’s oral history project, entitled 'Shouting the Odds'.  The project involved equipping representatives from the various aviation heritage centres with the appropriate skill set to carry out oral history interviews.  Dave will cover the project and discuss some of the more interesting interviews relating to wartime Lincolnshire.






Sue Bishop (University of Leicester) - From Enemy Prisoner of War to ‘German Friendly Alien’: Memories of Life in Leicestershire and Rutland between 1945-1949. After the final German Prisoners of War (PoWs) held in Great Britain after World War Two were released in 1948, over 25,000 men managed to meet the government’s criteria to remain as 'foreign aliens' rather than be repatriated. The memories of ex-PoWs, their wives and children, and those who employed them, help to uncover how the men secured the opportunity to stay and what those early years were like for them as they tried to settle into their new way of life.



Liam McCarthy (University of Leicester) - ‘I thought I was the only one’: Introducing GI children in Leicester to each other. There is an established history of American GIs in Leicester in the Second World War and GI Brides. But there is a hidden history of racism, violence and sex which left behind hundreds of GI babies in Leicester after the war. Many thought they were the only one until I tracked some of them down and introduced them to each other to share their stories.





Colin Hyde (EMOHA, University of Leicester) - Memories of the Korean War. Making a documentary video with veterans of the Korean War. This talk covers the process of the making the video and some of the issues that arose from it. The video is here - https://youtu.be/5KMmuTVeLEI



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Last updated: 23/06/2017
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