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Thompson, Paul (10 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 10: [Session five: 13 August 2013] Minutes of Campaign Committee 10th January 1977. Women’s, Welsh and Scottish conferences discussed among other meetings as well. Sallie Purkiss working on a booklet on oral history in schools. Discussion about the Journal and structures for producing individual issues. [12:20] Mentions a letter from Jane Synge from McMaster University in Canada who used similar interview methods as Paul. First years of the Society little knowledge of European projects but Paul got to know quite a bit of American work when he was at Johns Hopkins in 1972.. Mentions some of them. Met Ron Grele in 1975 in Chicago. Talks about what he had learnt from the visit and stay at Johns Hopkins. Met and stayed in Vancouver with Dorothy Smith, who had been a colleague at Essex, was very encouraging about oral history. She helped them get a car for a road trip across N America and back. Went to Canada in part to see Thea’s cousin, Humphrey Carver, a pioneer town planner. More description of their journey. Met a Persian man, Benjamin Urshan in New Mexico running a Pentecostal church, who had been brought up by Paul’s grandfather (with description of how they met). Paul still has the carpet the man had when he was a refugee. In 1970s most American oral history was big national or small local projects. [38:30] 1st April Campaign Committee meeting pressing Michael Drake on Open University courses. Autumn meeting on WW1 discussed as well as oral history in schools in Ipswich, Seaford, Needingworth Cambridgeshire. Future conferences – oral history and local history at Bulmershe College with Laurie Taylor. Mentions Pam Taylor at Birmingham University and her experiences and difficulties and the practice of sociological research there. Thoughts about Paul’s thesis and attitudes of working class Tories and how to gain their views. Important to gain a cross section of views. [53:00] Programme for Edinburgh conference. John Saville was keen for regional groups to be set up. Proposal to set up an international conference at Easter 1979.Talks about the earlier Bologna conference not being the first as too limited representation. Discussion about a Welsh conference .Asa Briggs Archives Committee – discussion about the BBC Sound Archive, the role of the British Library and the limitations of BIRS (1977). [1:10:30] October 1977 WW1Conference. June 1977 meeting – Mary Girling was unwell. John Saville and Paul to explore with SSRC the possibility of a European conference in Spring 1979. SSRC Newsletter July 1977 states the position re oral history funding.

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

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