Gibson, Faith (17 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 17: Teaching older dogs new tricks project in 1991-3. Helping people to write their own story through teaching them IT skills. Led on to other uses of computers and empowering older people. They won an Age Resource Award for this work in 1991/2. Describes how they did it, the benefits for older people and how it came about. Mentions Gerry McCauley who taught his mother how to write their family history on an Apple Mac. They met up and developed the project. Cites American sources and precedents for this type of work. [13:33] BASW lifetime achievement award given by a NI Government Minister. Got an award from the University of Stirling Dementia Centre for reminiscence work with people with dementia. The British Geriatrics Society gave her a millennium medal which is awarded to non-medics. [16:40] Social work goes round in circles. Profoundly influenced by a year in America and then finding N I social work was different to the UK mainland. Describes the various changes e.g. genericism and specialism. Pressures on universities. [23:00] Managerial approach can be unhelpful in helping individuals. Oral history and reminiscence are important to help fly the flag for the individuals perspective. Talks about the availability of testimonies and the use of different media e.g. audio, video and artistic records. Both same and different outcomes between oral history and reminiscence. [30:00] Feels family history will live on using as it does a mix of memory documents and anecdote. Hopes oral history does not lose its way in the face of academic clap trap. Needs to be on the left of fashionable political thought. Feels that reminiscence work will survive gives reasons. [38:00] University life very privileged to have been an academic but also to be a retired academic away from the responsibilities. Appreciates the Reminiscence Network. Thanks to her family. Greatest achievement is to have brought up her family.
Life story interview with Faith Gibson, Emeritus Professor of social work at the University of Ulster.