Oral History to be Used to Teach Citizenship in the Region's Schools
of Leicester-based East Midlands Oral History Archive funded by the East
Midlands Museums Libraries and Archives Council to produce teaching and learning
materials for schools.
East Midlands Oral History Archive (EMOHA), based at the University of
Leicester, has been awarded funding from the Museums and Galleries Education
Programme 2 to develop Citizenship
materials for use at Key Stage 3. The award, which has been made through the
East Midlands Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (EMMLAC), will be used to
draw on the Archive's oral history recordings to produce an audio CD and
teachers' resource book to support the Citizenship Unit, Britain - A diverse
materials will be developed in consultation with partner schools and the Centre
for Citizenship Studies at the School of Education, University of Leicester.
They will also act as a stimulus to further oral history work within the
classroom itself, by encouraging and supporting new interviewing by students. In
addition to interviewing older generations, the students themselves will be able
to tell their own stories in their own words, rather than having adults speak
for them. The teachers' pack will include basic guidance on the techniques of
collecting, processing and interpreting oral history, and teachers will also
have access to the programme of training offered by the East Midlands Oral
oral history recordings held by EMOHA offer a unique record of Britain as a
diverse society in recent decades," said Sarah Ferrier, EMOHA's Education
Officer. "They not only provide factual information about migration and
settlement, but convey the feelings and reflections of interviewees in a way
which written records cannot. The CD and support materials will enable students
and teachers to explore the diversity of their local communities, to consider
the benefits and challenges of living in a diverse society, and to understand
the importance of respect for others."
copies will be provided free of charge to every secondary school in the East
Midlands, relevant curriculum advisors, and postgraduate centres for teacher
training in the region. A copy will also
be deposited in the five regional Record Offices, and offered free of charge to
all East Midlands museums, to support their own work on Citizenship with
schools. Remaining copies will be made available to other organisations through
East Midlands Museums, Libraries and Archives Council provides leadership and
advice to museums, libraries and archives across the region. It encourages
organisations to work in partnership to contribute to regional social and
economic policies and priorities, and to support services such as learning and
access, ICT development, workforce development and funding initiatives.
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 and 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.
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