Leicestershire & Rutland remember WW1

Posted by ap507 at Dec 08, 2014 11:35 AM |
Over 2 hours of audio recorded with people who lived through the First World War made available by East Midlands Oral History Archive

The University's East Midlands Oral History Archive (EMOHA) in partnership with Leicester Arts and Museum Service has put more than 2 hours of oral histories about WW1 online.

Thirty years ago local historians at the Leicester Oral History Archive started to record the memories of local people in Leicestershire & Rutland. In the 1980s and 1990s almost 300 recordings were made with people who lived through 1914-18 as children or adults.

EMOHA has selected recordings in which people have talked about the Home Front during the war, edited them down to just over 2 hours of material, and arranged them in different themes such as ‘The Start of the War’, ‘Attitudes to Germans’, and ‘Counting the Cost’.

The project started in July of this year when volunteers from both the city and county gathered at the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland to start the process of sifting through the oral history material.

Using this as a base Colin Hyde (pictured) of EMOHA has continued editing the audio and has created the new web pages on the EMOHA website.

The EMOHA web exhibition also links to lots of relevant local material about WW1, as well as national websites of interest.

Click here to visit the website.

Listen to the recordings on Soundcloud.