Past, Present and Future: Listening in on a century of oral history at the University of Leicester

Posted by uatemp13 at Jun 25, 2013 03:26 PM |
East Midlands Oral History Archive at University of Leicester celebrates thirty years of preserving voices of the past
Past, Present and Future: Listening in on a century of oral history at the University of Leicester

The Centre for Urban History at the University of Leicester

Over 130 years of voices—over 550, in fact—all gathered, archived and preserved for future generations. Now, The 2013 East Midlands Oral History Day, on the subject of ‘Past, Present & Future’, held on Wednesday 26th June 2013 at the East Midlands Oral History Archive at the University of Leicester's Centre for Urban History, will look back on that massive achievement.

The road to the present Archive was begun by Age Concern in 1983. Age Concern gathered over 550 interviews before folding in 1990: but the Archive proper, established in 2001, carried on the work, preserving and disseminating these voices and taking in yet more from across Leicestershire and Rutland.

What's next for the Archive?  ‘Past, Present and Future’ will look to answer that question, taking into account the part played by current technology, by the internet and by the community in taking the 30 year quest to preserve the past into the present and the future.

The 2013 East Midlands Oral History Day will take place on Wednesday 26th June 2013 at the East Midlands Oral History Archive, Centre for Urban History, 1 Salisbury Rd, Leicester LE1 7QR. There is an admission charge of £5 (£3 for students, retired, unwaged).