Audio and oral history collections

Perks, Rob
March 1992
Labour History Review (Maney Publishing);Spring92, Vol. 57 Issue 1, p12
Academic Journal
The article discusses the importance of audio and oral history collections of the labor movement in Great Britain. The absence of good published accounts based on oral history field recordings is worrying when one looks at the lack of early sound recordings of labor leaders. An action plan is required. First is to start now by interviewing the oldest members of the Labour Party, particularly at the local level, and trade union activists, both local and national. Second is to begin an oral history project about political activism exploring the reasons why and how ordinary individuals became politically aware. Third is to consider initiating a regular series of interviews with labor leaders along the New Zealand model where key politicians are regularly taped in conversation about day-to-day concerns and activities. Fourth is to encourage a more favorable attitude amongst labor historians and archives holding labor movement material towards the collection of oral testimony.


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