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Getting Going with Oral Labour History

3 June 2017 @ 11:00 am - 4:45 pm

Oral Labour History Day 2017

Getting Going with Oral Labour History

Britain at Work (B@W) 1945-95 in association with British Universities’ Industrial Relations (BUIRA) IR History Group and Oral History Society (OHS)

For further details or to reserve a place, please email Michael Gold (m.gold@rhul.ac.uk) or Linda Clarke (clarkel@wmin.ac.uk)

Once again, the Britain at Work (B@W) group is organising an Oral Labour History Day. This year’s theme is about how to get going and continue with oral labour history, with examples from different projects and inspiring presentations from those engaged. The day will begin with an opening address by Alan Dein, broadcaster and oral historian, followed by round table introductions on projects in which symposium participants are involved. After lunch, there will be presentations concerning inspiring projects by the trade unions, BECTU and Unison, and by Glasgow University on the 1984/5 Miners’ Strike. The day will end with a Robert Wilkinson from the Walthamstow History Workshop who is an expert at obtaining funding and running projects. All those engaged in or with an interest in oral labour history, and particularly trade unionists, are welcome to participate.

B@W is an initiative to capture the memories of people at work between 1945 and 1995, some of which are to found at the TUC Library Collections held at London Metropolitan University (www.unionhistory.info/britainatwork)..

10.30-11.00     Registration
11.00-11.15     Welcome and Introduction: Linda Clarke
11.15-12.00     Keynote: Alan Dein, broadcaster and oral historian (chaired by Linda Clarke)
12.00-13.00     Roundtable: Brief contributions from participants (if they wish), on who they are and their interest in oral labour history (chaired by Michael)
13.00-14.00     Lunch: Room C287
14.00-15.00     Presentations (chaired by Ann Field)
Mike Dick (BECTU)
Cally Thompson/ Claire Stewart (tbc) (UNISON)
Diarmaid Kelliher and Johnnie Crossan (Glasgow University: 1984/5 Miners’ Strike, Kent)
15.00-15.30     Discussion (chaired by Ann)
15.30               Break
15.45-16.30     Robert Wilkinson (Walthamstow History Workshop) on Heritage Lottery Foundation – how to apply (chaired by Joanna Bornat), followed by discussion and questions.
16.30-16.45     Closing observations (chaired by Joanna Bornat)


3 June 2017
11:00 am - 4:45 pm


University of Westminster
Room C279, 35 Marylebone Road, London
(opposite Madame Tussauds and nearly opposite Baker Street tube), NW1 5LS


Centre for the Study of the Production of the Built Environment (ProBE)