Voices from History
who are used to working with dusty old documents and dry textbooks now have
another option. The East Midlands Oral History Archive, based at the University
of Leicester, contains thousands of recordings that recall events back to the
start of the 20th century.
archive has just made this collection of interviews, radio programmes and other
recorded material more easily accessible to researchers and the general public
with the launch of its on-line catalogue at http://www.le.ac.uk/emoha/catalogue.html.
catalogue currently allows users to search 194 oral history recordings mainly
drawn from the Mantle Collection. The Mantle Collection focuses on the life and
work of people living in and around Coalville. New recordings will be added
every fortnight until the entire East Midlands Oral History Archive is
searchable on-line. At the moment the catalogue is still under trial and the
archive invites interested web users to view it and pass comments and
suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org
East Midlands Oral History Archive catalogue is a major new resource for
researchers of twentieth century history and beyond. Students of all levels,
family historians, professional research and members of the general public with
an interest in history will all find it invaluable," said Tristram Hooley
of the East Midlands Oral History Archive. "The catalogue is growing all
the time and will allow the people of Leicester, Leicestershire, Rutland and the
East Midlands to access their own history in a unique new way."
catalogue users have found the recording they want they can listen to the
recording at the Record Office for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland in
Record Office is the centre for research into the history of Leicestershire,
Leicester and Rutland. In addition to the East Midlands Oral History Archive,
records of other kinds, including manuscripts (the archives of local government,
institutions and families), maps and photographs are preserved and made
available for research by the public. The record office also houses the local
studies collection, including general works on Leicestershire and Rutland, local
newspapers and periodicals, writings of local authors and sound recordings.
Admission is free but proofs of identity and address are required before
readers' tickets are issued. There is full access for the disabled.
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 & Rutland.
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.
further information contact Tristram Hooley on (0116) 252 5064 or visit our
website at http://www.le.ac.uk/emoha/.
We can provide print quality photos on request.
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