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Oral History in the North West - a special conference to launch the website of the Elizabeth Roberts Working Class Oral History Archive

 

Date: Saturday 19 May 2018 Time: 10.00-15.00, followed by film screening until 16.30.

Venue: Management School Lecture Theatre 3 (marked MAN on campus maps, in visitor parking area G), Lancaster University; the film screening will be held in Bowland Lecture Theatre (marked as BLM on campus maps, near            visitor parking area A).

Please note that free entrance to the film is available to anyone booking for the study day, and other people will be admitted to the film according to the space available.

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-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Please note that due to ongoing construction at Lancaster University there is some * IMPORTANT * navigation information.

The main entrance to the Management School (LUMS) has been blocked by construction works. Please look out for large signs (with arrows) directing you to the temporary side entrance around the corner, down Grizedale Avenue.

You will now enter the Management School via the Hub Café and proceed up the ramp towards Lecture Theatre 3 (signposted).

We apologise for any inconvenience. Parking on the university campus remains free of charge on Saturdays, but please allow extra time to make your way to the venue - we will start promptly with the first presentation commencing at 10:00 am.

Campus maps are available online at: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/contact-and-getting-here/maps-and-travel/maps/

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'Its significance as a pioneering oral history collection cannot be over-estimated.' (Dr Rob Perks, Lead Curator of Oral History at the British Library)

The Elizabeth Roberts Working Class Oral History Archive is a unique resource, through which we can hear the voices of people born at the end of the nineteenth century sharing their perspectives on the timeless themes of birth, love, marriage, health, work, family and death.  Preserving this important research for the future, and digitising the transcripts to offer much broader access, has been a priority for the Centre over the past three years.

In November 2014 the Sir John Fisher Foundation offered a challenge grant of £22,500 towards the cost of retyping the fragile transcripts, digitising the collection to make it available online, and promoting the archive within the communities in which the original recordings were made. In March 2016 we were able to announce that we had achieved our funding goal, thanks to the support of a range of institutional and individual funders; we will be unveiling a searchable website hosting the transcripts at this event. We will also hear from artists who have been inspired to create new work as part of the project Walking in Others Footsteps curated by Mirador, a charity inspired by the hidden heritage of the North West, and there will be input from a range of other oral history projects in the region.

Walking in Others Footsteps is supported by the Sir John Fisher Foundation, the Arts Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund. A specially subsidised enrolment fee applies to this event, which will conclude with the first screening of a new film inspired by the Elizabeth Roberts Working Class Oral History Archive. For more information on the digitisation project, which was supported by a range of funding organisations and individuals, please see the report here.

9.30 a.m.              Assemble Management School Lecture Theatre 3 and view displays (tea/coffee is not served at beginning of the day – but is available to purchase on campus*)

10.00 – 10.20      Welcome and Introduction to the day – Dr Sam Riches (Regional Heritage Centre) and George Harris (Mirador)

10.20 – 11.00      Dr Elizabeth Roberts 'in conversation with' Dr Corinna Peniston-Bird, looking at the origins of the projects and some selected highlights.

11.00 – 11.30      Coffee/tea & biscuits

11.30 – 11.50      How it Works : a demonstration of the Elizabeth Roberts Working Class Oral History Archive website – Dr Sam Riches

11.50 – 12.30      The context of the Elizabeth Roberts Working Class Oral History Archive in the discipline of Oral History – Dr Corinna Peniston-Bird, Department of History, Lancaster University

12.30 – 1.30        Lunch*

1.30 2.30      Write & Play: creative responses to the Elizabeth Roberts Working Class Oral History Archive – Pippa Hale and Mandy Coe, artists working with Walking in Others Footsteps

2.30 – 3.00      Presentations from the representatives of other Oral History projects which are included in the displays

3.00 – 3.30           Tea/coffee & biscuits

3.30      Relocate to Bowland Lecture Theatre (marked as BLM on campus maps, near visitor parking area A). Campus maps are available online at: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/contact-and-getting-here/maps-and-travel/maps/

3.45 – 4.10    Introductory remarks, followed by premiere of the film inspired by the Elizabeth Roberts Working Class Oral History Archive.

4.10 – 4.30      Chaired Question & Answer session with the filmmakers, Jon Randall and Tom Diffenthall

4.30 p.m. close of event

 

Fee for this event: £20 (fee includes coffee/tea & biscuits). This is a specially subsidised rate.

Lunch: *Take-away sandwiches/soup/snacks/coffee/tea can be bought on the University campus (options include SPAR supermarket, Juicafe, Gregg's, Subway and Costa Coffee).  Hot and cold meals, snacks and drinks are also available at a number of cafes and restaurants on campus (including Wok Inn, Ketchap, The Sultan Indian Restaurant, GoBurrito, Café Republic; a number of college bars also serve food) - or you are welcome to bring your own lunch.

Parking: On Saturdays free parking is available on campus.

How to Book: please book through the Online Store here. Please note that free entrance to the film is available to anyone booking for the study day, and other people will be admitted according to the space available.

Download printer-friendly details of this event here.

Contact: rhc@lancaster.ac.uk

Who can attend: Anyone. Please note that free entrance to the film is available to anyone booking for the study day, and other people will be admitted according to the space available.

Our events are extremely popular and many book up within the first few weeks. We strongly recommend that you book early to avoid disappointment. If you do have to cancel your booking please give us five full working days’ notice and we will happily arrange a refund. Please note that refunds can now only be made via electronic means.  Should you require a refund we will need a note of your account name, account number and sort-code.  Payments originally made by credit card can be reimbursed via the same card details.

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