Colin Hyde

Researcher and Outreach Officer: East Midlands Oral History Archive

Contact details
Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 5065
Fax: +44 (0)116 252 5769

The focus at EMOHA is on collecting and archiving recordings of people from Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland, although I try to gather information about community projects across the East Midlands. In our collections we have a number of interviews covering migration. Almost all of these are from local community projects although we do hold interviews from the Sociology department's 'Ethnic Elders' project (1999). The earliest of the interviews are with Jewish refugees who left Germany in the 1930s. There are interviews with people from Ireland and the Caribbean who came to the UK in the 1950s/60s and also with Ugandan Asians who came over in 1972. A number of interviews were done in the 1990s about South Asian dance and music in Leicester. However, there are no interviews with more recent migrants such as East Europeans or Somalis.

As part of a Heritage Lottery Fund project, 'Migration Stories', I'm currently working with eight community groups across the region to produce short videos about migrating into the East Midlands. I also provide training in oral history to HLF funded community groups across the region and I try to keep up to date with community projects which have a migration theme e.g. a recent 'Italians in Nottingham' project run by the Notts local studies library.

The EMOHA website has a searchable catalogue for the oral history recordings but we also have BBC Radio Leicester programmes from the late 1960s onwards and a few of these look at the effect of migration into Leicester. Although they're not based in Leicester, the Media Archive for Central England's online catalogue features television news reports from this period as well, and the combination of oral history, radio and TV can be useful for illustrating post-war migration into Leicester.


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