|Humber Bridge from the train|
With the sun shining stunningly over Hull, we all piled into the beautiful Hull History Centre for a day entitled 'Archivally Sound'. The focus was on oral history; its creation, uses and preservation concerns. we heard from various speakers, who are all working on local oral history projects and using them to open up collections as well as to instigate the creation of more oral histories. There are many uses of oral histories that had not occurred to me such as dialect studies and actor training.
There are concerns surrounding oral histories such as bias, mis-remembering, relationship between interviewer and interviewee and this is why there has been a dip in the practice. In history, oral tradition was strong but with the improvement of literacy and film, there has been a decrease in its use. Where oral history is special is in its ability to portray the process of history - what someone has chosen to remember of forget demonstrates how we make sense of history.
|Hull History Centre|
All in all it was a great opportunity to meet others in the profession with similar collections and discuss topical issues. Meanwhile, back at the National, we have launched our Google Cultural Institute Exhibit on Greek Theatre and our free 50 Years of the National Theatre app - feel free to explore!