University of Leicester eBulletin

An Historical What's On

June 2002
No 118

The East Midlands Oral History Archive - based at the University of Leicester - announces the most comprehensive listing of historical talks, walks and events in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

If you are interested in history you need to get on-line. The Internet contains hundreds of websites that cater to everyone from military historians of Ancient Greece to people looking to find out what their great-grandparents did.

The history of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are particularly well catered for as a glance at the links pages of the University of Leicester-based East Midlands Oral History Archive website will confirm. However if you are looking to get away from the screen once in a while and hear a talk, join a historical society or even go on a guided walk through the city's or counties' histories the East Midlands Oral History Archive website can also be invaluable.

The Leicestershire based archive compiles a daily list of historical events in the area and display it on the web at The list includes museum exhibitions, talks by leading historical experts and a large amount of guided historical walks.

"We have been compiling a list of historical meetings, talks and events in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland for around a year." said Tristram Hooley of the East Midlands Oral History Archive. "We have been amazed at the vast amount of interest that there seems to be in history across the city and the counties. Hardly a day goes by without a fascinating event taking place somewhere locally. We felt that it was time that we shared this wealth of activity with a wider audience."

For those who don't have access to the internet, an abridged version of the East Midlands Oral History Archive diary is available to subscribers to the Archive's newsletter. This can be obtained free of charge by writing to the East Midlands Oral History, Centre for Urban History, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH.

The East Midlands Oral History Archive is a partnership between the Centre for Urban History at the University of Leicester, the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland (ROLLR), and Leicester City Museums and Library Services. It is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to establish the first large-scale archive of oral history recordings for Leicestershire and Rutland.

Its first aim is to retrieve as many of existing recordings as possible, and to make them more accessible through a website, an on-line catalogue, newsletters and edited CD-ROMS and cassettes. In addition to the Record Office itself, some of the recordings will also be available later in libraries and museums. EMOHA also aims to generate new oral history recordings through its own programme of interviewing, and by providing advice, training and support for community groups, museums and heritage organisations, students and other individuals who are interested in developing their own projects.

For further information contact Tristram Hooley on (0116) 252 5064 or visit our website at Print quality photos can be provided on request.

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