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Thompson, Paul (17 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 17: [Session eight: 2 December 2014] Committee meeting March 1984 – conferences being planned. Spring 1985 museums and oral history. Paul wanted to involve transport museums. Video history conference at Swansea in November. Cardiff Video Workshop Kim Howells and Hwyel Francis. Finances there was a reserve of £12,000. Discussion about video. Paul cites an interview with Agatha Christie’s maid with all the intrusion of television cameras. Some video interviews can be very boring to watch. Cites Alan Macfarlane’s long interviews with Cambridge intellectuals. [10:20] Was a consultant for a television series called The Nineties. Describes the process. The selection process chose people who probably would not have been included in an audio setting. Item about BIRS. North West Oral History Society – discussion about regional societies. [16:00] Letter to Joanna Bornat about the need for additional editors. June 8th 1984 committee meeting involvement of Steve Humphries and Ruth Richardson working on a publicity leaflet. Graham Smith called for support for local small groups especially in Scotland. September 1984 committee planning for next few conferences. Mention of Angela Hewins – letter to Paul about being overcommitted. 14th December Committee meeting Ruth Richardson had designed a logo for the Society which was rejected. Mention of ‘Exploring Living Memory’. Concerns about Mike Hardie not doing the work. [29:00] 1985 conference at the Imperial War Museum. Long item about the position of the business manager. Lyn Amidon took over. International conference at Oxford in September 1987 planning meetings. Paul encountered criticism about it. 1985 community history conference concerns about Steve Humphries not being in touch. Paul talks about Steve’s career. Steve lived with him in Essex for one year . Letter to Paul from Gavin Weightman looking for someone to work on a programme series. Paul recommended Steve. Meeting to streamline the activities of the Society. Brief discussion about awards for oral history back to London Weekend Television competition with Ken Livingstone and Fay Weldon as judges. [40:00] Talks about publicity for events and courses becoming critical in recent years. Talks about mini courses at Essex University. Also his involvement in the 50th anniversary of the university. Embarrassment on one occasion when the lecture room’s audio equipment did not work for his presentation. Describes how he prepares for and gives talks. [49.10] Development sub committee meeting 1985. Discussion around employing a development worker. Talks about ‘Colchester Recalled’. Paul had put material with them in preference to Essex Record Office but they are ageing volunteers with difficulties in maintaining their archive. Discussion about a recent British Library bid around ‘Save our Sounds’ to Heritage Lottery Fund. Paul has recently been turned down for a Wivenhoe project by HLF. Reflections on how they have become more populist recently. [1:00:00] Mentions the involvement of local artist Jamie Dodds who has been very helpful in developing the project. Talks about community based oral history being supported by initially the Manpower Services Commission. Discussion about its role in funding oral history. Talks about projects funded by HLF that he has been involved in. [1:08:20] Letter from Vic Gammon applying for the part time development worker post. Committee meeting September 1985. Conferences in the future. Development Sub Committee agrees to the appointment. Talks about friction within the committee in this period. Also differences over National Life Stories and a ‘libellous article’ written by Paul for the news section in the Journal. Paul consulted a lawyer. Mentions ‘Exploring Living Memory’. Proposal to produce a pamphlet for trade unionists with Fred Lindop. Brief discussion about reminiscence work. Rodney Mace became treasurer for two years. Discussion around a national newsletter to be inserted in the journal. First meeting with Rob Perks. Letter from Ronnie Monk from Belfast. Division of labour between Vic Gammon and Sue Place.

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

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