Gibson, Faith (12 of 17). Oral History of Oral History
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2011-03-10, 2011-07-21, 2011-09-20, 2012-03-22
Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland
Gibson, Faith, 1931- (speaker, female)
Wilkinson, Robert (speaker, male)
Part 12: Went to five separate homes to test the pack, images first. No sectarian issues arising. Accompanying text written. Help the Aged published the first pack who also contributed financially. Partner organisations marketed other packs e.g. Age Concern Derry. She had two research assistants for the project. Published Pain and Pleasure as part of the project. Discusses whether reminiscence or oral history more a continuum but discusses the two extremes of role and purpose. Group work and outcomes of different types of groups. [16:57] There was a folklore collection at University College (UCD) - Irish. General Irish talking tradition was still important. Linda Ballard who is OHS NI rep worked with Protestant teenage boys. WEA tutor produced first booklet called The Last of the Mill Villages focussed on the linen industry. Folk and Transport Museum did collection and archiving. Glinchey was a big name in the folklore tradition wrote The Last of his Line. NI photographic archive mentioned. [23:28] Only ever met Paul Thompson once at an Age Exchange conference. Local history societies in both parts of Ireland some have been involved in reminiscence training. Cahal Dallert??, who lived in Ballycastle, co-authored a book called Rooms of Time which came out of a huge project in the 1980/90s called Playback. Describes the project which was led by Michael ? Mentions a care assistant in a residential home, Mary Maclewain?? Who still works art Shankill House on the Shankill Road. She suggested a network. The Network was formed in 1989. Describes the first few years. In 2008 they got substantial grants from Atlantic Philanthropies. Staff recruited. Then a large grant from Heritage Lottery Fund. Two part time staff initially appointed then a director and other staff. Application to the Big Lottery. More about work of the Network including training role. Worked with CANNI, Community Archiving Network Northern Ireland Christine Johnson, Clifford Harkness, Claire McCartney, Chris Lavack?? All mentioned. HLF project Valuing Heritage by Valuing Memory was an enormous success. Worked in Craigavon and Newry as well as Derry and Omagh. Partners mentioned. Linked in with European Reminiscence Network. [51:20] Retired in 1996 and has done some writing on ageing. Work on troubled residents has continued. Reflection on ensuring the work continues both at university and in the community.
Life story interview with Faith Gibson, Emeritus Professor of social work at the University of Ulster.