Oral History and Museums: Challenges and Opportunities - CANCELLED

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17 March 2020 | 5.15pm - 6.30pm
Central London
Maritime History & Culture Seminars

Join us for a free talk in central London on oral history and museums.

Oral histories offer a unique insight into the past and deserve a place in every major museum collection. They provide an invaluable opportunity for researchers and visitors to learn about historic events from those who were present, in their own words. Practitioners around the world have recorded an astonishing array of testimonies over the past half-century, from the recollections of Welsh miners to the experiences of those involved in the Mau Mau uprising.  

Yet oral histories present many challenges for those tasked with recording them, looking after them and making them available to the public. Their various forms and formats - whether CD, cassette, reel-to-reel tape or audio file - further complicates the task of curators, particularly in the digital age. 

Why and how should museums collect oral histories? What is the best way to preserve them for future generations? What are the challenges of using them in galleries and exhibitions? Is it always ethical to collect and publish oral testimonies? How does GDPR affect access to these fascinating resources?

Our panel of experts includes:

  • Padmini Broomfield (Oral History & Heritage Consultant)
  • Emily Charles (Imperial War Museums)
  • Sally McInnes (The National Library of Wales) 
  • Nicola Tooms (Manx National Heritage)

Join us to discuss these issues and many more.

Seminars start at 5.15pm in Wolfson NB01, Senate House, London, WC1 7HU. 

All are welcome and there is no need to book.

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Directions to Wolfson NB01

Enter Senate House via the central Tower and Main Entrance. If you are coming from Russell Square turn right, if you are coming from Tottenham Court Road turn left through the double doors. You will see a small desk to your right and two turnstiles. Pass through the turnstiles and then go down the stairs. Turn left at the bottom of the stairs and follow the corridor all the way to the end. This room is wheelchair accessible (via the lift).