Brown, Cynthia (26 of 31). Oral History of Oral History
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Brown, Cynthia (speaker, female)
Wilkinson, Robert (speaker, male)
Part 26: Cynthia taught the social history of health plus other historical subjects. Research was an option taken up by one person in particular. Courses broadened out as more qualified people went through nursing. Issues of having achieved a qualification, what to do next. [12:00] First contact with the Oral History Society was with Rob Perks. Talks about the Regional Network. Phone call from Kate Towsey as there was a meeting at Leicester University. Cynthia took over from Graham Smith [previous co-ordinator] for nine years. Juliana Vandegrift took over from her. She took over over co-ordinating the Network when at EMOHA in 2001/2, gave the role up in 2012. From the Regional Network she joined the committee. Developed a structure for recruitment of networkers, filling gaps in the geography and set up as regions rather than counties. One year they had a cull of inactive networkers. Can be too high an expectation of networkers sometimes. Challenges of squeezing annual reports out of networkers. Talks about the Ambleside group where there is no contact and no direct representation, but very active on its own account in the Lake District. [28:20] Thematic annual meetings. Relationship with the committee work done by Kate Melvin. Cynthias first impression of the OHS committee was of bewilderment. More structure in recent years.
Life story interview with Cynthia Brown, museum oral historian and former Project Manager of the East Midlands Oral History Archive