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Thompson, Paul (12 of 22).  Oral History of Oral History

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    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 12: Talks about the Recall project and reminiscence work. Mentions Joanna Bornat and Mick Kemp. He stimulated Joanna and Paul to think of a new use for oral history. Joanna later developed it with Help the Aged. Mick Kemp had started the idea whilst at the Dept. of Health in 1978/9. Letter from Jill Liddington working on the cotton industries project. Manchester was a centre for oral history. Dec 1978 meeting at Raph Samuel’s house, various items discussed. Feb 1979 Alun Howkins resigned as review editor. Mary Chamberlain took over. Draft programme for ‘Immigrant History’ in October 1979 to be followed by Spring 1980 in Wales. Role of Campaign Committee. Paul had reported that they had got a grant of £1,200 from the SSRC and Paul had invited 35 people from abroad with a programme of visits to various sites he lists in the UK. SSRC concerned about seminars on trains. Proposed that Jill Liddington became business manager. Eric Cregeen announced that they were setting up an oral history group in Scotland. [13:20] March 1979 main committee update on conferences. Mentions Tom Charlton from Texas sending news. Issues around American oral history largely the memories of white men. Ron Grele was trying to change direction to be more inclusive. Paul attended a conference in 1978 in Savannah, also a woman, Anne Marie Troeger from Berlin, who was difficult and never finished work. Big argument with Paul over the non-inclusion of her article which arrived too late. Mentions the importance of Ron Grele. Pack on the cotton industry produced by Manchester Studies. Talks about meeting Bill Williams and Colin Bundy and discussing ideas with them. Check when Colin Bundy went back to SA. [26:54] Conference in November 1979 in Manchester. Various speakers. Mentions joint work with Harry Goulbourne interviewing younger African Caribbeans. Discussion about Caribbean communities in the UK. Other speakers. Debate about the validity of transracial interviewing led by Natasha Savanandam who forcefully said that it should not happen. Paul did not touch transracial interviewing for years as a result. Talks about interviews for Jamaican Hands Across The Atlantic and the different attitude to Paul and Elaine prior to interview but how similar they were once the interview got going. [38:33] Sept 1979 Committee meeting – oral history and local history. Raph Samuel had done an article about the subject which they wanted to incorporate. Mentions Dennis Marsden who wrote Mothers Alone which included interviews with lone mothers and was attacked. Anne Oakley has retracted her view about women interviewing women. Scottish Group Newsletter. Eric Cregeen writing about an interview with a Clyde fisherman. Eric introduced Paul to Andy Noble, a fisherman from Fraserburgh with whom Paul is still in touch. [44:10] Mentions Elizabeth Roberts. John Marshall resigned because of ill health and cancellation of a Dutch conference. John Marshall was very committed to oral history. Oral history directory being published by Dawson. Hwyel Francis reported on the Spring 1990 conference.

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

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