Oral historians

Thompson, Paul (3 of 22).  Oral History of Oral History

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  • Recording date

    2012-11-22, 2013-03-11, 2013-05-23, 2013-07-12, 2013-08-13, 2013-09-18, 2014-09-01, 2014-12-02, 2015-04-28, 2016-03-31

  • Recording locations

    British Library, London (Tracks 1-20) Poplar (Tracks 21-22)

  • Interviewees

    Thompson, Paul, 1935- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Wilkinson, Robert (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    Part 3: [Session two: 11 March 2013] Leicester Conference in March1972 had started to be planned in April 1971. Initiative was from the SSRC. They wanted to understand whether the projects were worthwhile. A number of apologies for absence from prominent historians. Folklorists, social researchers, anthropologists invited – mentions individuals. Few local historians invited because of the strategy. Theo Barker was keen to work on the BBC. Disappointment over BIRS and their lack of organisation. Talks about the conference preparation which cost about £400. Paul did most of the work on the conference. Jim Dyos came and Paul was impressed by his way of organising historical associations. Talks about the papers presented in the conference. Mentions John Saville’s style of interviewing. Mentions Raphael Samuel’s chaotic approach and lateness. Stanley Ellis had prepared a talk and was squeezed out by the lateness. The conference recordings would have been transcribed by Mary Girling. Talks about her role in the Society. [21:05] Paul was pleased with the outcomes of the conference. Mentions Diana [Leonard] Barker, anthropologist and later active feminist researcher, who was interested in oral history. George Ewart Evans’s dictum ‘plenty of time and plenty of tape’. Discusses interest of folklorists. Issues with School of Scottish Studies about not allowing access to their archive later on which led to split. Issues for anthropologists about how they worked with communities and the use of oral history. [30:20] Edinburgh conference organised by Eric Cregeen. SSS had a whisky allowance for interviewees and intrviewers.

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    Life story interview with Paul Thompson, co-founder of National Life Stories.

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