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Oral history on the Moving Image Gateway

Learning on Screen’s Gateway includes over 1,950 websites relating to moving image and sound materials. These have been subdivided into over 40 subject areas. To suggest new entries or amendments, please contact us by email or telephone (020 7393 1500).

British Antarctic Oral History Project
This resource features interviews gathered by the British Antarctic Survey Archives Service. The audio clips are freely available and are accompanied by transcripts. The focus is on those involved with polar science, especially people who worked for, or closely with, Operation Tabarin, 1943–45, Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey (FIDS), 1945–61, and British Antarctic Survey (BAS), 1962–present. Interviewees include members of the scientific teams such as meteorologists, geologists and ionosphericists, as well members of the technical and support teams such as radio operators, pilots, medics, mechanics and cooks. Searching can be done by subject keyword, location and person name.

Niels Bohr Library and Archives: Oral History Interview
Selection of digitised interviews and transcripts from the collection held by the Niels Bohr Library and Archives. Interviews range in date from the early 1960s to the present and cover the major areas and discoveries of physics from the past 100 years.

Oral History in the Digital Age
A stimulating collection of essays, advice, tips and guidelines to best practice, clearly presented and aimed at anyone wanting to undertake an oral history project using the latest digital technologies, both audio and video. The site is an offshoot of the US journal The Oral History Review and covers cataloguing and metadata, digital preservation, equipment, transcription and all other aspects relating to the practical and theoretical side of oral history. A series of video interviews entitled ‘Thinking Big’ features experts in their fields talking about the wider aspects of digital oral history, especially at the intersection of libraries, museums and archives. The topics under discussion include preservation, automatic speech recognition, the use of oral history in higher education, field recording, outreach and the impact of digital technologies themselves on the field of oral history.

University of York Oral History Project
A project which was undertaken to mark the 50th anniversary of the University of York has resulted in this series of interviews with people who have been involved with the university since its inception in 1963. Including contribution from some of the first students, administrative staff and tutors, the resource provides some fascinating insights into the early years of the university. The interviews are free to listen to and feature full transcripts. More information about the project can be found on the Borthwick Institute for Archives Page

Voices From the Workplace
This series of short films about the fight for equal pay was made by film directors, Sarah Boston and Jenny Morgan, and jointly funded by the TUC, the Wainwright Trust and the European Social Fund. The films consist of oral history interviews with women and union representatives who were involved in major equal pay cases, beginning with the 1968 pay strike by Ford sewing machinists in Dagenham which brought car production to a halt. The film Winning Equal Pay: An Introduction provides an introduction to the series. Each film is accompanied by notes and transcripts in pdf format. The films were made as part of the learning resource Winning Equal Pay: the value of women’s work, a collaboration between London Metropolitan University and the Trades Union Congress to record the long campaign to achieve equal pay for women.

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