Oral historians

Brown, Cynthia (15 of 31).  Oral History of Oral History

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:51:13

  • Shelf mark

    C1149/32

  • Recording date

    2014-01-20, 2014-02-26, 2014-04-02, 2014-05-22, 2014-06-03, 2014-09-16, 2014-10-28, 2014-11-26, 2015-01-07, 2015-02-17

  • Interviewees

    Brown, Cynthia (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Wilkinson, Robert (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    Part 15: Arts studio in the Arts Dept. gave advice on what recording equip-ment to buy. Marantz recorder and small Sony audio recorders. Profits [from publica-tions and videos] often went into departmental funds to cover losses elsewhere. [04:40] Cataloguing and archiving less than ideal at the time. Large collection of photographs and newspaper cuttings. Mr Leicester column in the Leicester Mercury. Volunteer support in the Section. Sometimes a seconded teacher through the Edu-cation Business Partnership. Relationships with academics. More appealing than academic life was popularising history. Mentions a collaboration with De Montfort University. Generally academics did not engage with local communities. Importance of selling oral history to staff and students. Reflects upon Victorian history and the value of newspapers. The value of collecting stories and how it alters perceptions of history. [23:54] Benefits of letting people talk and what can be recorded. Mentions being sceptical about written sources example of a Victorian Royal Commission. Mentions Alessandro Portelli and his legitimisation of memory however faulty they can be. [30:00] Copyright consent forms consulted Rob Perks while he was at the British Library. Departmental lawyer also gave advice, a bit too legalistic. Recast by his successor to be much more user friendly. Much of what they collected from else-where did have copyright consent. A number of collections (including MSC) did have transcripts. Mantle collection Colin Hyde found the paperwork in their former office. Had a disturbing conversation with an academic about no consent being collected for their project. Mentions Leicestershire Record Office and Radio Leicester. It had a massive archive of recordings. Talks about role of EMOHA in cataloguing outside collections. [45:00] Relationships with community groups as a council officer need to gain trust. And need to tell people what is happening to their interview. Breaking down barriers and empowering people to do their own recordings. Mentions a woman researching the history of Aylestone.

  • Description

    Life story interview with Cynthia Brown, museum oral historian and former Project Manager of the East Midlands Oral History Archive

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