Talking history – past, present and future

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East Midlands Oral History Archive celebrates 30 years of oral history in Leicester on Wednesday 26 June

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 25 June 2013

30 years of recording oral history in Leicestershire is to be celebrated at the University of Leicester.

The 2013 East Midlands Oral History Day ‘Past, Present & Future’ is to be held on Wednesday 26th June 2013 at the East Midlands Oral History Archive, at the University of Leicester’s Centre for Urban History. There is an admission charge of £5, or £3 if you are a student, retired or unwaged.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Leicester Oral History Archive starting the formal recording of oral histories in the city. As well as looking back on the achievements of the last 30 years, the day will also examine current work being done by the University and look forward to what might happen in the future.

The Leicester Oral History Archive started back in 1983 in Age Concern and finally folded in 1990 having conducted more than 550 interviews. The oldest interviewees talked about childhood in the 1880s and the 1890s, but most of the recordings covered the first half of the 20th century.

The East Midlands Oral History Archive was created in 2001 at the University to preserve, catalogue and disseminate not just the recordings from the Leicester Oral History Archive but also other collections from across Leicestershire and Rutland. As such, they continue the work that started 30 years ago.

Among the speakers on the day will be Dr Simon Dixon from the University’s David Wilson Library, discussing “Rediscovering the History of Leicester’s Cultural Quarter: Adventures in Locative Media Production”, and Terese Bird from the Institute of Learning Innovation who will discuss the University’s Manufacturing Pasts project.

Colin Hyde, Researcher and Outreach Officer for the EMOHA, said: “Although this year marks the 30th anniversary, the main theme of the day isn’t about looking back, although we will do that; it’s about looking forward and using the most current equipment and techniques to present oral history through the web but also through community activities such as those that the Living Archive specialises in.

“I think the emphasis on using current technology will be of interest to everyone, and Roger Kitchen’s talk on the Living Archive should be an inspiration to anyone involved in local history or heritage groups.

“I hope that people who attend the day will come away with plenty of ideas for their own work, they will have had a chance to look at some of the work that has been done over the last 30 years, and that they will have had the chance to have a good chat with like-minded people!”

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).

This event is a partnership between the East Midlands Oral History Archive and the Oral History Society.


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For further information contact Colin Hyde at

The full list of talks is online here:

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