Leicester's post-war memories to be preserved in £27,000 project

Posted by pt91 at Nov 07, 2016 04:00 PM |
The East Midlands Oral History Archive wins Heritage Lottery Fund support for an oral history of post-war Leicester

Issued by the University of Leicester Press Office on 7 November 2016

The East Midlands Oral History Archive (EMOHA), based in the Centre for Urban History at the University of Leicester, has received £27,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a project that will record memories of the period 1945-1962 in Leicester and Leicestershire. For a year, from September 2016 to September 2017, volunteers will record the memories of people over the age of 80 and, particularly, over the age of 90.

The years after World War Two saw some dramatic changes that still affect us today. There were huge new housing estates built around Leicester; the start of migration from the new Commonwealth; the creation of the National Health Service; the start of the nuclear age. In 1957 the Prime Minister Harold McMillan proclaimed that ‘most of our people have never had it so good’. This project will encourage people to listen to the memories of the older generation to understand how Leicester and its people experienced these events and rebuilt their lives after the trauma of the war.

Free training in oral history recording and how to use the Record Office for Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland (ROLLR) will be provided for volunteers, and the results will be posted on the City Council’s Story of Leicester website. For anyone with an interest in local history, or their own family history, this is a great opportunity to engage with a fascinating period in our history.

Commenting on the award, Colin Hyde, the manager of EMOHA, said: “I’m delighted that the HLF has awarded us this grant, as this is a project that has needed doing for some time now. There is so much to record and so many people who will enjoy talking about, and listening to, the fascinating stories of what happened 70 years ago.”

Jonathan Platt, Head of HLF East Midlands, said: “This was a period of much change for Leicester as the city rebuilt itself following the end of Second World War. The memories of those who lived through it are at risk of being lost for good so this is an important project that will fill the gaps in Leicester’s story.”

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About the East Midlands Oral History Archive

The East Midlands Oral History Archive was originally funded by the HLF to establish the first large-scale archive of oral history recordings for Leicestershire & Rutland. This includes large collections from museums and archives across the counties, the sound archive of BBC Radio Leicester, and smaller collections donated by local organisations or individuals.

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk @heritagelottery

Further information

For further information, images and interviews please contact Colin Hyde at the East Midlands Oral History Archive. Email: ch38@le.ac.uk

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