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Thompson, Paul (6 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 6: [Session three: 23 May 2013] Proposal for high level of subscription fees proposed by Christopher Storm Clark in 1973. Differences of view about what committee members could claim. First annual meeting in York in 1974.Reads a document extoling the uses of oral history. Issues around occupation of York University in December 1973.Talks about a similar occupation at Essex. Police were led by Geoff Markham who had studied sociology and had got a First. He arrested 100 students. Mentions a recent group in Yorkshire organised by Julian Harber at Hebden Bridge who has set up a network of ex-students. John Haynesok at Essex has been recording. Paul’s Wivenhoe interviews picked up some of the people involved in 1968 onwards. Maintenance staff were surprisingly impressed by the events if not exactly sympathetic. Talks about some of the details of the occupations from 1968 – 73. [13:33] Letter from Brian Harrison turning down the offer to be reviews editor. Talks about his involvement. Letter from Theo Barker about setting up a central archive at BIRS. Paul’s concerns about BIRS. Paul had concerns about Theo and his chairing of OHS committee meetings. Memo from John Saville suggesting changes to their structure. Cttee meeting 16th March 1974.Lists committee members. Disagreements about conference speakers Raphael is not keen on David Lance from the Imperial War Museum speaking. John Saville defended the presentation. BIRS proposal for a central archive was deferred due to the impending General Election. Mention of Thea Thompson’s BBC radio programme being well received. SSRC were cautious about applications on a regional or geographical applications. One of the reasons for forming the OHS was to do with the moratorium for 3-4 years on new projects until evaluation had happened. This was known the previous year. John Saville and Raphael Samuel advocated the OHS should act as a pressure group for oral history. Paul was keen for regional archives to compliment the role of BIRS. Essex had applied to funding for a regional centre at Colchester. It was rejected. [31:41] Mentions Mary Girling’s key role as treasurer and support for the Journal within the university. Discussion about how big the committee should be. Future meetings involving various speakers. Paul talks about Stewart Sanderson and Tony Green briefly. [36:20] AGM at York. Reads out committee members.

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

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