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Latest News on our Digitisation Project

Date: 8 February 2018

Munitions workWork is now well underway towards the creation of a new website to host the transcripts of the Elizabeth Roberts Working Class Oral History Archive.

We currently have four copy typists working to complete the digitisation of the two earlier Oral History projects (covering memories of Barrow, Lancaster and Preston in the period 1890-1940) and we look forward to launching a fully searchable website hosting all these transcripts at our special Oral History Conference on Saturday 19 May 2018. We are putting the final touches to the running order of the event and we aim to have it open for bookings by the end of February.

The transcripts of the third Oral History project in the Archive, which covered the same three locations for the period 1940-1970, will be added into the website as soon as their digitisation can be completed.     

Our aim is to create a fully searchable, largely open access, online resource, and we are also looking to create an online exhibition for presentation alongside the transcripts, as a result of a community history project developed in collaboration with archive offices at Barrow and Preston. This will involve volunteers gathering historic photographs of the locations, occupations and activities described in the interviews, and perhaps photographing relevant artefacts; we also hope that it will be possible to interview family members of the original interviewees, asking about their reactions to hearing the interview(s) given by their forebear. We aim to deliver this part of the project later in 2018.

Although we have reached our funding target we are still accepting donations to support the project. You can read more about how you can support this important archive here


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