Brown, Cynthia (30 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 30: [Session ten: 17 February 2015] Value of the Society. Concern about membership and high turnover. Trainers liaison meetings one held recently numbers going up each year. Project management is asked for as well as digitisation and archiving. Talks about oral history and schools. Mentions Julia Lettss work in schools. [11:00] Age profile of the committee has altered for the better. [12:30] Heritage boards in Leicester, describes one or two she has been working on, Teaching for the WEA is more intense and regular, can take up three days a week. Recently written a discussion paper with a Japanese academic aimed at a Japanese audience. [22:30] Always contributes an article to the Leicestershire Historian [journal of Leics. Archaeological and Historical Society] Article about Charnwood Street, Leicester is in the pipeline but has been asked to write about the local impact of the finding of the body of Richard III. Mentions an article she did on a woman and three children in the Workhouse in Melton Mowbray, born in India, as an example of how an article can generate interest. Gap in knowledge around the footwear manufacturing industry. [31:25] Role of local history societies and their general reluctance to apply for funding. Mentions a project run by retired employees of a local factory who got an HLF grant. Mentions other projects including a group in Braunstone. Cynthia had been an expert adviser for HLF. Used to do monitoring for the London office, describes what she did. She monitored Kings Cross Voices. Three monthly reports and six monthly visits. Describes the liquidation of the organisation awarded the grant and the problems that caused. Detail of the project. HLF then changed their procedures re monitoring and Cynthia decided to stop doing it. [47:30] Believes HLF have done a lot for oral history. Some of the detail is not monitored and was disappointed they were not more interested in EMOHA project. [53:30] Technique of interviewing has largely stayed the same. People need to know that you value what they are telling you. Talks about personal life and grandparent role. Important to stay in Leicester with ties and connections.
Life story interview with Cynthia Brown, museum oral historian and former Project Manager of the East Midlands Oral History Archive