Oral historians

Brown, Cynthia (21 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)

  • Interviewers

    Wilkinson, Robert (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    Part 21: [Session eight: 26 November 2014] More about EMMLAC and strategic work. Uses of oral history with trainee teachers. Renamed MLA East Mid-lands. Archives were often the poor relation. They had museum development officers for each of the counties often working with independent museums. Volunteer support and development was important in Cynthias work. Used to do a regular bulletin for distribution. Important to be out and about. Mentions Renaissance East Midlands and how they worked together with Nottingham Trent University. [13:47] Pre retirement courses. Sector Skills Councils which have now been abolished. Frustrations of the job and organisational change made her decide it was time to go. Talks about a discussion about commemorating the abolition of the slave trade in 2007 as well as the Olympics prior to 2012. Less and less enamoured by the work. Asked about links with local history societies more within local networks than EMMLAC/MLAEM. [33:00] After leaving MLAEM she did sessional work as well as her family history research. Retirement has been liberating. Very committed to Leicester and its history. Talks about living in a multicultural environment and the role of oral history. Cites a number of local projects. [49:50] Role of community leaders in accessing communities and issues around womens history. Changes in approach and attitude through the years. [59:30] Work with the Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society book reviews editor. Also gives examples of articles she has written for the journal including one on unsuccessful balloon ascents! [1:09:57] The Leicester Group of the Victorian Society asked her to be an Honorary Vice President. Also has written text for panels on the heritage of Leicester including on the Freemasons Hall, the Central Library, and the railway station. Has a particular interest in the Edwardian period.

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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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