Brown, Cynthia (19 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
Brown, Cynthia (speaker, female)
Wilkinson, Robert (speaker, male)
Part 19: [Session seven: 28 October 2014] Living History project was taken over after unitary status by the Library Dept. It continued until a couple of years previously. Collecting of oral history diminished although community history contin-ued. [05:30] EMOHA they had four themes for recording - work, migration, events, plus one other. Mentions some of the events they recorded about. Colin uses urban history students to do some interviewing. He does ask Cynthia If she could do some interviewing from time to time. A lot of the collected work is funded by HLF. Mentions some of them in different counties and some of the challenges. [17:45] Issues of archiving and lack of enforcement by HLF at the end of projects. Talks about a village project recorded in 1980s that had no written consent and how the interviews can be used by a PhD student. Other examples. [26:30] Copies go off to the Record Office which has public access. Summaries are very important in searching for topics. Recordings are not transcribed retrospectively. Some collections had no paperwork and needed summarising.[38:00] Relationship with the university good and not so good points. Requirements of HLF could be a stumbling block to other work. Internal bureaucracy. They did not have an ethics committee and some projects/research were not getting consent from interviewees. [53:30] Peter Clark had left and Richard Rodger took over as her boss. He encouraged autonomy in the project. Talks about the advisory group as well as archiving at the Record Office. Originally Chrissie who had responsibility for archiving had a desk at the Record Office but did most of her work at the university. [1:06:00] Radio Leicester collection has a wider range of material than simply oral history. Describes some of it. Mentions her work with Radio Leicester. (Phone rings).
Life story interview with Cynthia Brown, museum oral historian and former Project Manager of the East Midlands Oral History Archive