Kingscott, Judith (9 of 12). Oral History of Oral History
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2010-03-15, 2010-04-19, 2010-05-17, 2010-06-21, 2010-07-26, 2010-09-13
Kingscott, Judith, 1939- (speaker, female)
Wilkinson, Robert (speaker, male)
Part 9: Role of giving advice to local history groups on oral history. Local study librarians often passed them on. They loaned equipment. They tried to fill in gaps to the collection. Some donations of recordings were without documentation. One collection on pits in the 1920s Waller he gave them his collection. One person interested in football, but mostly local industries. DH Lawrence Collection was done by a librarian around 30 interviews, a brother, the Chambers family, Stephen Spender. Eastwood split in attitude to him. [06:20] Difficulties in consistency with contacts in the BBC. Mentions a teacher and a broadcaster doing oral history programmes for schools. BBC donated the tapes. They did some compilation tapes for public use as loan tapes. No original recordings only the programmes. [11:20] Discussion about Ray Gosling and his recordings possibly didnt keep them. [12:40] How did a project get going? Awards for All as a funder. Mentions East Leake she went out to one of their meetings and how she supported them. Issues of copyright and quality. [18:30] Used to check on tapes every year in the archive. How they stored tapes. BBC tapes had 20 inch reels. Special equipment to play them. They had a Revox which was borrowed at the weekend by the caretaker for playing music. [21:38] Until she came not much done in terms of archiving of the tapes. Colleagues were supportive of her work. [25:02] Variable relationship with local societies and groups. Didnt hold hands for groups. [28:12] Stayed on 4th floor for a long time. Cuts were beginning to bite when she retired in 2004 aged 65. Staff not replaced. Relationship between professional and clerical staff was good more hierarchical elsewhere. Roles within Local Studies and machines. Computers being introduced and public use. Initially very little on Local Studies so they could not allocate machines specifically. Problems with people accessing sex sites.
Life story interview with Judith Kingscott, former oral history lead at Nottinghamshire Libraries.