Fattening pigs, unexploded bombs and a slice of crow pie – Leicestershire’s unusual historical habits revealed

Posted by ap507 at Jul 20, 2016 10:04 AM |
University of Leicester East Midlands Oral History Archive explores a variety of rural events from across Leicestershire’s historical villages

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 20 July 2016

An image of a 1920s/30s family having a picnic in Swithland is available here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/momghb12leua1wv/AADYgGjossI6tlSFwXA3I8kaa?dl=0

From fattening pigs to enjoying a nice slice of crow pie, unusual historical habits in villages throughout Leicestershire have been revealed by the University of Leicester’s East Midlands Oral History Archive (EMOHA).

The Archive, which contains audio recordings with people from Leicestershire & Rutland, contains memories stretching back to the 1880s. It provides an insight into the past, including shedding light on many of the interesting – and at times unusual – activities people busied themselves with.

In partnership with Leicestershire Rural Partnership (LRP) EMOHA has added short oral history clips from the Archive to village pages on the Leicestershire Villages website. Thanks to LRP, EMOHA has been able to create a large resource of sound clips dealing with a variety of rural events and issues.

Among the recordings are glimpses into historical life in Leicestershire villages such as Oadby, Lutterworth and Glenfield, with people discussing a diverse range of pastimes from farming, cheese-making and baking, to fretting about an unexploded bomb in Barwell during World War II.

Some of the more interesting clips from the Archive include:

Colin Hyde, Researcher and Outreach Officer from EMOHA, said: “Over the years a lot of recordings have been made in Leicestershire and we were able to select memories that cover a wide variety of rural issues. Although the sound clips are quite short, they give a great flavour of how people remember rural Leicestershire in the 20th century. Subjects covered include hard work in the extractive industries, illness, dealing with the local gentry, and various aspects of farming. We had a lot of fun compiling these clips and there is a huge benefit in bringing links to all the sound clips together onto the one page on EMOHA’s website.”

The oral history pages including soundclips are linked to from here: http://www.le.ac.uk/emoha/community/leicsvillages.html

The East Midlands Oral History Archive was originally funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to establish the first large-scale archive of oral history recordings for Leicestershire & 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, the Market Harborough Museum collection, and the sound archive of BBC Radio Leicester, along with smaller collections donated by local organisations or individuals.

The 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, and a range of online resources.

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.

EMOHA is based in the Centre for Urban History at the University of Leicester and is also supported by Leicestershire County Council and Leicester City Council via the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland.

More information about EMOHA is available here: http://www.le.ac.uk/emoha/index.html


Notes to editors:

For more information contact Colin Hyde on ch38@le.ac.uk


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