Brown, Cynthia (24 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 24: Students researched aspects of the history of the WEA. They won the East Midlands Learners Award for the research. Describes what was in the ar-chives. More about the structure of the WEA and courses she has taught in the East Midlands including research needed. Has used testimony in talks and courses gives an example of the 1905 march of unemployed footwear workers to London of the son of one of the leaders. She used testimony in a recent course on the oral his-tory of leisure going back to 1930s. [21:30] Has interviewed psychiatric nurses as a result of discussions in classes. Some people have been inspired by the courses to do their own research and publications. Discusses how the WEA operates on a course by course basis. Is an assessor for them. Support and training for tutors. Three or four history lecturers in the Leicester Branch. [36:35] Teaching for the Uni-versity of Leicester. First one was on womens history at very short notice. Taught a course for nurses and became course director. Mentions that Vaughan College [the universitys adult education college] was closed in 2013. Retired last year after over 20 years. [47:10] Work with EMOHA is one off support rather than a regular com-mitment. Retirement gives flexibility to take on one off pieces of work.
Life story interview with Cynthia Brown, museum oral historian and former Project Manager of the East Midlands Oral History Archive