Thompson, Paul (15 of 22). Oral History of Oral History
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Thompson, Paul, 1935- (speaker, male)
Wilkinson, Robert (speaker, male)
Part 15: [Session seven: 1 September 2014] NB Some documents out of sequence [20:00] Mentions Steve Humphries and him becoming secretary. Meetings always in London. Discussions about the scope of the Society. Mary Chamberlain spoke up for the oppressed groups. Issue about women’s history – whether it should be ‘boxed off’. Same argument about ethnic groups. Feelings at the time about separate action. ‘Only black people could interview black people. Mentions Black Cultural Archives. October 1981 was going to be a women’s history conference. After that labour history at Hull. [09:40] Paul mentions starting from a questionnaire approach and was influenced by George Ewart Evans approach of letting the interviewee lead the discussion. Scottish oral history conference to be held in 1983 led by Eric Cregeen. Third international oral history conference in Aix, France in 1982. Francois Bederida wanted to cut down the number of speakers radically. Talks about the difficulties of undertaking French oral history initiatives. This was before the formation of the IOHA. Strong hostility from the committee towards forming an international body. Other difficulties later on but the value of international conferences. [19:24] Proposal to create a directory of oral history which did not lead to anything. Conference on life stories and ageing November 1981. Programme for 1982 conference. Mentions Mike Hardy working on a project with David Lee using a MSC type scheme. Death of Eric Cregeen – appreciation of his role against the difficulties of the School of Scottish Studies including refusal to give access to their archive to outsiders. Compares Edinburgh with Glasgow and feels Glasgow today is much more advanced in what it is doing. Middle classes conference for 1984, Anthony Seldon resigned from the committee and the conference was cancelled. Replaced by a conference about the mining industry. Further mention of MSC schemes and their use by Steve Humphries. Paul was asked to examine his PhD and was impressed. Mentions Angela Hewins.
Life story interview with Paul Thompson, co-founder of National Life Stories.