A Showcase for Oral History
users around the globe can now hear the authentic voices of East Midlands people
thanks to a new involvement with a world-first project.
East Midlands Oral History Archive at the University of Leicester is having many
of its recordings digitised and published on the web as part of The Showcase,
the world's first streaming media archive of radio, TV, film and video
programmes, sound recordings, Internet projects and training materials from the
community media sector.
Showcase has been developed by the Community Media Association and offers access
to both fiction and non-fiction programmes in a variety of languages, made by
individuals, community groups or organisations from all over the UK and beyond.
Issues covered include: war and peace; the arts; disability; black and
ethnic minority perspectives; gender issues; local history; human rights;
health; storytelling and many more. Moreover, as an aid for users in education,
subjects, where relevant, can be searched under UK National Curriculum subject
history recordings offer a unique record of the country's history and we are
pleased to be able to make a number of recordings directly available to the
public by working with the Community Media Association," said Tristram
Hooley of the East Midlands Oral History Archive. "We have selected a
number of our most interesting recordings on topics such as the Second World
War, the Blackshirts in the 1930s, miner's lives and the experience of migrants
from the Indian sub-continent. These recordings give the listener the
opportunity to hear about history directly from the people who experienced
new website showcases the views of people in local communities from diverse
cultural and economic backgrounds - voices which may otherwise be unheard. It
includes programmes from ethnic minorities, rural communities, young offenders,
people with disabilities and many other groups. The archive is non-profit making
and free. There is no charge for programmes or training materials for
non-commercial purposes. Furthermore, for the first time, multimedia programmes
will be available to those on low bandwidth as well as broadband, allowing
everyone to stream or download material in a way that suits their Internet
Showcase is run by the Community Media Association, the UK national membership
organisation for community radio, TV and Internet projects. It represents 260
organisations across all the nations and regions. The CMA (formerly the
Community Radio Association) was founded in 1983. A non-profit organisation, it
was set up to support a third sector of community media services alongside the
BBC and commercial broadcasters. It seeks to promote the right to communicate,
to provide access to training, production and distribution facilities and to
encourage local creative talent. It also aims to provide a right of access to
minority groups and to promote and protect cultural and linguistic diversity.
Further information at http://www.commedia.org.uk.
East Midlands Oral History Archive is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to
establish the first large-scale archive of oral history recordings for
Leicestershire & Rutland. This includes the collections of the former
Leicester Oral History Archive, the Mantle archive from North West
Leicestershire, the Community History archive of Leicester City Libraries, and
the sound archive of BBC Radio Leicester, along with smaller collections donated
by local organisations or individuals.
recordings are deposited in the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester
& Rutland, and are currently being catalogued to make them more accessible.
The project now has an online catalogue at http://www.le.ac.uk/emoha/catalogue.html,
and has produced a CD of edited extracts from the recordings on the theme of
toys and games. 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.
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.
The Community Media Association, The Showcase and University of Leicester
logos are available by contacting Tristram Hooley at the address below. The East
Midlands Oral History Archive also has an extensive database of historical
images for use with this story. Contact Tristram to discuss your needs.
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