Observing the 1980s

Number of items in collection: 116

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Recordings in this collection can be played by anyone.

These interviews were selected as part of a project to create an Open Education Resource entitled 'Observing the 1980s' led by the University of Sussex in collaboration with the British Library and the Mass Observation Archive.

The aim of this project is to offer insights into the lives and opinions of British people from all social classes and regions during the 1980s. The interviews from which the clips were selected for the 'Observing the 1980s' Open Education Resource are derived from collaborative oral history projects and include recordings with those involved in key events, such as the Falklands War, the Miners' Strike and the Brixton riots, as well as those reflecting on industry in the 1980s, unemployment and redundancy, and HIV and Aids. The interviews in their entirety are made available here at the British Library Sounds website.

Oral history recordings provide valuable first-hand testimony of the past.  The views and opinions expressed in oral history interviews are those of the interviewees, who describe events from their own perspective.  The interviews are historical documents and their language, tone and content might in some cases reflect attitudes that could cause offence in today’s society.

Image: Arthur Scargill (b 1938), miners' leader and trade unionist. Seen in front of posters demanding No Pit Closures, around the time of the Miners' Strike. (Mary Evans / Marx Memorial Library)

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