Oral historians

Brown, Cynthia (18 of 31).  Oral History of Oral History

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    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)

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    Wilkinson, Robert (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    Part 18: Didnt do much interviewing at this time. Did get asked to interview an artist as part of a proposed exhibition. Interviewed him in his studio. Some stu-dents used oral history in their placements. Also history students at De Montfort Uni-versity investigated the controversy over the excavation of Jewry Wall site in the 1930s and did a couple of interviews. [06:00] Continued to teach on adult education classes at Vaughan College. Used oral history extracts in her lectures. Discusses the challenges of creating sound extracts from cassettes. Did the education officer role for about four years. Began to be involved with the EMOHA project. Had to with-draw as she considered applying. [11:10] Mentions Professor Peter Clark, professor of urban history at Leicester. He approached her about doing a lottery bid to make recordings more accessible. The bid went in and they waited for ages for a decision. They got over £300,000. It funded a project manager, two ½ time researchers and interviewers, ½ time education officer, f/t cataloguer, f/t IT officer. They copied a number of collections including Market Harborough museum and surrounding area. They produced KS2 resources for toys and games. Interviewed children at a local school on what games they played. Got some funding, £8,000, from EMMLAC [East Midlands Museums, Libraries and Archives Council] for a KS3 project on citizenship. Produced a book for Tempus, Leicester Voices, which was very successful. Put up information sheets on the website. [26:40] They took part in careers days as a way of telling people what they were doing. They did their own recordings to fill in gaps. They did some work on memories of events which were less successful as they were so one off. Work with youth groups and other outreach activities. Digitising was an important part of the project. [35:30] Applied to HLF for a follow up grant and were turned down. The money went to Foxton Locks restoration and a Vulcan bomber. The idea was to support local councils and groups but not able to do without the funding. The university could not help but after an email campaign to the vice chancellor gave £20,000. All the staff went except Colin Hyde who at time of interview is still there. Issues around what HLF would allow as part of their grant.

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

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