Opportunity to join the editorial team at the Oral History Society

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The UK Oral History Society is looking for new editorial members for the Oral History Journal – a gret opportunity to get involved with an exciting team and journal:

Oral History is one of only a handful of journals worldwide with a specific interest in research, debate and developments in the field of oral history and memory. Since 1970, the journal has been at the cutting edge of oral history work, publishing leading exponents as well as those who are newly arrived on the scene and who are making their mark.

Oral History is looking to increase its current editorial group by recruiting active oral historians teaching and researching in Higher Education or have commensurate interests, skills and experience.

As the journal of the UK Oral History Society (www.ohs.org.uk), the journal aims to contribute to developments in the theory and practice of oral history by encouraging the sharing of ideas, experience and good practice of those who are aware of developments in the field of oral history, internationally. For this reason the editorial group is keen to expand its membership amongst those who are at the cutting edge of developments in the teaching of oral history and who have published in the area of memory studies, history and approaches to research.

Oral History encourages contributions from a wide range of disciplines and practices, including history, women’s studies, sociology, cultural studies, anthropology, politics, social policy, social administration, museum studies, archive work, health studies, education, library and information services, community publishing, folklore, media studies, photography, broadcasting, nursing, social work, psychology, psychiatry, and in fact any area where the significance of orality, personal testimony and remembering is understood and valued.  The journal also welcomes a variety of approaches from people from different countries and from different backgrounds.

ohjOral History is published twice a year (Spring and Autumn); members of the OHS receive a hard-copy of each issue and can also access back issues (issues more than two years old), through JSTOR. The editorial group meets quarterly at the British Library. Two, or more, of the issue editors take responsibility for one issue each year. The spring issue has a copy deadline of 15 December with final preparation of copy taking place during January-February each year. The autumn issue has a deadline of 30 June with final preparation of copy taking place during August-September each year.

Editorial duties include:

  • Commissioning or encouraging writers to produce papers
  • Reading through and commenting on submissions together with members of the issue editorial group
  • Liaising with the editorial assistant
  • Attending quarterly editorial meetings
  • Taking on responsibility for working with authors – drafting responses conveying editors’ views, and reviewers’ responses, seeking illustrations etc.
  • Liaising with the journal designer throughout the production period of a journal issue
  • Preparing articles for copy editing and liaising with the copy editor
  • Proof-reading and correcting proofs
  • Attending oral history events such as conferences with a view to encouraging writers
  • Keeping up-to-date with what is going on in oral history particularly in relation to learning developments in higher education, community engagement, public history and publishing.

Those interested should email a CV, highlighting their relevant editorial experience and skills, and accompanying this with a brief statement showing what they feel they have to offer the journal Oral History.

Deadline for applicants: 10 April 2015

Reply to journals [AT] ohs.org.uk

An Anthropology of Ourselves: Exploring Mass Observation for Creative Projects

Strike a Light attended this course some time ago and found it a really rich and creative experience utilising archives in a new and accessible way.

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An Anthropology of Ourselves: Exploring Mass Observation for Creative Projects

Tutor: Dr Sam Carroll

Venue: The Keep

Dates: 7th March, 14th March, 21st March and 28th March 2015

Four day schools on Saturdays, 10am to 3:30pm

Cost £101.35/ £48.35 unwaged or Student

Discover the unique Mass Observation (MO) Archive and its inspirational value both for creative arts and community projects, in the beautiful bespoke setting of The Keep archive. This course will suit writers, photographers, dramatists and anyone with an interest in setting up a creative community enterprise that engages with life history. Throughout this four week course you will be supported in and encouraged to nurture your own ideas for a project.

The course will consist of four day schools each lasting five hours. The first, ‘Introduction to Mass Observation’ uncovers the unique history of the archive with a particular focus on the diaries within the project. As a group we will spend the morning exploring MO’s fascinating origins in the 1930s documentary movement, its revival in the 1980s and issues such as ethics, representation and historical value. The afternoon will be spent working with archive material, where you will explore and discuss original MO materials and reflect on the issues raised in the morning in practice.

The second day school ‘Using MO for Creative Writing’ will introduce you to how writers have made use of MO material as a source of creative inspiration for their work such as novels, theatrical performances and films. The group will then return to work with original archive material in order to start creating their own pieces of work and formulating ideas for potential projects.

Day school three ‘Observing the Masses’ will involve an overview of the role of photography and observation in the early MO project. We will collaboratively explore Humphrey Spender’s Worktown Collection as part of his extraordinary record of working class life in Britain. You will then engage in your own observations in the local area before regrouping, ready to discuss the related issues. By now you will have decided upon a project of your own you might wish to develop further. For the following week you will be asked to prepare a short presentation or poster to share your ideas with the group for constructive discussion.

The final day school ‘Using MO for Developing Community Projects’ will explore how MO techniques can be used within communities to record the history of everyday lives and to utilise the collected resources creatively. We will look at potential ways of funding creative and community projects. You will have the opportunity to share your early ideas and as a group we will consider what might be the most appropriate way forward for each project. Overall the course will provide the students with the opportunity to learn about MO and to use it as a source for inspiration and techniques to work creatively with resources that record everyday lives.

Dr Sam Carroll is a life historian with a range of experience in both the academic and

community arenas across many diverse research projects as tutor, project manager and oral history consultant. She is a community heritage researcher (University of Kent), a steering group member of the Centre for Research in Memory, Narrative and Histories (University of Brighton), a working group member of the Centre for Life History and Life Writing (University of Sussex), on the management committee of QueenSpark Books and a member of the Oral History Society.

Refreshments will be provided but please bring your own lunch

The Keep is an accessible venue

If you wish to enquire further please contact moa@sussex.ac.uk

To register for the course www.massobs.org/events

Bob Copper’s Brew – an ale for a fine man!

Strike a Light is pleased to say that Harvey Brewery in Lewes are inaugurating a very special ale tomorrow to celebrate a centenary since the birth of Sussex singer and song collector Bob Copper of the noted singing Copper Family. It links in beautifully with our recent Ale and Hearty project.

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Bob Copper Centenary Brew

Tomorrow (6th January 2015) is the Centenary of the birth of Bob Copper (1915-2004).

In his lifetime Bob Copper was responsible for collecting and recording many local folk songs, not only preserving the tunes and lyrics but ensuring that the style in which they were sung remained true to his forefathers. In an obituary in The Independent newspaper, he was described as “England’s most important traditional folk-singer.”

Harvey’s Brewery in Lewes will be brewing a ‘Copper Ale’ (6% vol.) tomorrow, Tuesday 6th January, at 8.30 am. It will be brewed in the presence of the Copper family, who will sing ‘Oh Good Ale’  while the malted barley is mashed with the spring water. Sussex hops will be added to the resultant sugars and the mixture will be boiled in the ‘Copper’ prior to cooling and fermentation.

It is of good ale to you I’ll sing
And to good ale I’ll always cling,
I like my mug filled to the brim
And I’ll drink all you’d like to bring,
O, good ale, thou art my darling,
Thou art my joy both night and morning.
(Traditional)

The beer will be available for the (sold out) Bob Copper Centenary Event in London this month.

The Revolutionary Potential of Older People

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Here is more information about an event a colleague Lorenza Ippolito is organising at Fabrica on the 15th January. Please let you’re networks know and come yourselves. It’s going to be a great event with lots of interesting projects and ideas of things to do when older and full of energy. 

Special Event – The Revolutionary Potential of Older People

15th January 2:30-4:00pm Refreshments Provided.

A special daytime event based on Fabrica’s regular Conversation Piece – relaxed heritage-focussed discussion group, led by Lorenza Ippolito, where topics for conversation focus on local history and debate.

The Revolutionary Potential of Older People, planned during Fabrica’s winter closing period, will be an opportunity to welcome Fabrica’s older audiences to the venue for a different type of event. People of all ages will be able to share their ideas around keeping alive the radical and progressive thought that enabled past generations to push for the creation of a free national health service, a minimum wage and general human rights.

I will be working with local members of The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) as well as Brighton & Hove Pensioners Association to look at how older generations can be a driving force for social change.

This event will showcase a plethora of activities older people in Brighton are involved in from local campaigns including Save the NHS, Brighton & Hove Palestinian Solidarity Campaign and the Cuba Solidarity Campaign to creating a knitted version of Picasso’s Guernica.

Come and celebrate a lively energy brought forward by decades of experience and a renewed freedom from the constrained of paid work.

For more information

https://armchaircrits.wordpress.com/http://remakingpicassosguernica.wordpress.com/ http://fabrica.org.uk/http://www.wilpfinternational.org/       

http://saveournhs-el.org.uk/http://www.brightonpalestinecampaign.org/

Strike a Light funded to create new Breaking Bread project!

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Strike a Light in partnership with creative producer Natasha Padbury is delighted to hear that we’ve just received funding from St Peters & North Laine Community First funders in Brighton.

This new project is due to start in January and run til May 2015 and is called….

Breaking Bread

Arise, and eat bread, and let thine heart be merry.—1 Kings xxi. 7

The loaf is at the heart of our lives. It’s our connection with sustenance, community and creativity. It is the unsung hero uniting us in more ways than just providing us with a basic meal. Since time immemorial it has formed the heart of our communities.

This unique project brings together North Laine and London Road’s past, present and future bread baking traditions to create a bespoke public collective memory, a means of expressing ourselves and enabling people to connect through the physical act of Breaking Bread together.

Breaking Bread will deliver-

  • 2 x Community Workshops for members of local organisations.
  • Heritage archive display of recipes and reminiscences of London Road baking provided by residents, bakers and businesses. Material to be made into virtual postcards and accessible viewing on the Strike a Light website.
  • London Road Open Market Bread Fayre:                              
  • With: Sharing of a large scale communal bread  * 2 x 40 minute free participatory workshops for the general public * Local Trader Contributions * Baking demonstrations

Breaking the Bread

The making of a large scale communal bread baked in a wood-fired mobile oven. To be broken and shared for free with visitors to the event. T his is an homage to the local literature cult classic The Giant Jam Sandwich, illustrated by John Vernon Lord (University of Brighton).

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Heritage

Archive display of recipes and reminiscences of London Road baking to be provided by residents, bakers and businesses, with pop-up display for notes and postcards. Members of the public will be invited to add to the collection.

Samples of collated and archival material to be made into virtual postcards for free and accessible viewing on the Strike a Light website.

Local heritage providers Queenspark Books through their Brighton and Hove Photographic Collection, Screen Archive South East and MyBrightonandHove have already agreed the non-copyright use of a variety of related London Road images from archives to support this event.

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Objectives

Showing the objectives this project would meet and how:

  • Celebrates the local history of the London Road Open Market with an event in keeping with its original use
  • Promotes trade for North Laine and London Road businesses and organisations
  • Encourage local existing residents and new residents (through Hyde Housing Association and local universities) to engage with key aspects of London Road’s past, whilst learning new skills
  • Collect, record and create a unique archival product which can be promoted digitally and through a variety of media. Material will be used to further promote the Breaking Bread project, in turn promoting London Road as a cultural hub
  • Promotes cultural, social and creative activity in the area
  • Offering healthy eating/lifestyle promotion and creativity, by encouraging home baking and buying products from local suppliers
  • Invite public from outside the area to visit the area
  • Enhance community cohesion

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Business/organisation significance

 Strike a Light is a not-for-profit community arts and heritage organisation using people’s life stories and memories to engage a wide range of groups in creative and heritage activities, and making art to transform public and private spaces. Strike a Light believes in the idea of life skills and education through creativity, and aims to generate greater social inclusion by working with marginalised and vulnerable groups alongside all sections of the community.

Rendezvous project with Fabrica

FablogoA video interview with some of the project managers involved with the Rendezvous project at Fabrica gallery here. I was away so was spared hearing myself speak!

The funding for this from the Arts Council has now come to an end. The events and activities from the project will be much missed as a result.

Information about the project is available on the project specific Growing an Older Audience website.

Strike a Light and Fabrica are currently in talks with a view to submitting further funding for other kinds of related project activities in 2015 and 2016.

Voices of volunteering – an oral history

The social care charity Royal Voluntary Service (previously WRVS) I used to work for has just created this interesting oral history project through their own archive. You can see more about the project here.

downloadVoices of Volunteering: 75 Years of Citizenship and Service is an Oral History project run by the Royal Voluntary Service and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. We are collecting Oral Histories from past and present volunteers helping to preserve their unique take on their service with the charity. These recordings will be made available to all through Royal Voluntary Service’s on-line catalogue, as well as forming the core of a new suite of educational resources for secondary school students.  These resources will focus on the contribution of volunteers to British society and help promote the ideals of citizenship.

Founded by Lady Reading in 1938, Royal Voluntary Service is the largest voluntary organisation in British history, which today helps older people stay active, independent and part of their communities. The collection of up to 80 oral histories will give a fantastic new insight into the work of WVS/WRVS volunteers and their impact on British history through unique and differing perspectives.

You can find out more about the project on our website http://www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/about-us/our-history/voices-of-volunteering.

The Royal Voluntary Service Archive & Heritage Collection recently added fourteen Oral Histories, from the project, to its online http://catalogue.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/calmview/ search Voices of Volunteering.

We are also looking for volunteers to assist the Project Archivist as Heritage Champions, with collecting these fascinating stories; learning new skills and providing a continuing legacy for the project after its official end.

If you would like more information please email oralhistory@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk.

Ale Tales, one year on

ale_v3_webThank you!

One year ago, Strike a Light’s Ale Tales book was successfully match funded by a Kickstarter campaign with support from you!

Competition

To celebrate, we’ve got ten copies to send out for free.

To be eligible for this:

First – like our Strike a Light Face book page and share this update on Facebook.

Once done, the first ten people to then email strikealight@rocketmail.com with their address will be sent a free copy!

You can also download it free from here if you prefer a digital copy.

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Independent Lives

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New events coming up:

I’m pleased to pass on details of a heritage exhibition and related events which Nicola Benge from Strike a Light and oral historian Esther Gill were involved with, which is currently being showcased by Independent Lives as part of 2014’s Disability History Month. All activities are free and take place in Sussex.

It’ll be a great opportunity to hear more about disabled peoples’ experiences over the last 60 years in their own words, as well as hear some interesting guest speakers at a variety of dates across Sussex.

Disability History Month Events

Join Independent Lives as we celebrate Disability History Month across West Sussex inNovember and December 2014.

At each event we want to hear your stories and experiences about how disabled people’s lives have changed over the years. There will also be opportunities to share ideas about working together and our Speaking Up for Disability exhibition will be on display.

To book your place on any of the following events please contact Sophie Thompson on 01903 219482 ext. 218, or text phone 01903 823173 or emailsophie.thompson@independentlives.org

If you have any accessibility requirements please let us know when booking a place.

Haywards Heath

Do you have an object or picture with a story behind it? Bring it along and share your memories.

Guest speaker: Suzanne Rose from the Mass Observation Archive.

Tuesday 25th November from 1:30pm to 4:00pm.
Haywards Heath Town Council, Room One, 40 Boltro Road, RH16 1BA.

Worthing

Join in and share memories: bring along an object or picture to talk about.
Guest speaker: Dame Philippa Russell, patron of Carers Support West Sussex.

Tuesday 2nd December from 10:00am to 12:30pm.
Maybridge Keystone Youth Club, Raleigh Way, Goring-by-Sea, BN12 6JD.

Chichester

Come and learn a brief history of disability in the Chichester area since the 16th century witch trials.
Guest speaker: Toby Hewson from Just Different, a charity that creates positive social attitudes towards disability and difference among children and young people.

Tuesday 9th December from 2:00pmto 4:30pm.
New Park Centre, New Park Road, Chichester, PO19 7XY.

Conversation Piece

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My colleague and studio mate- photographer and artist Lorenza Ippolito, will be hosting a session Conversation Piece linking into the current exhibition at Fabrica gallery in Brighton this month, with a discussion about the seas and fishing with local fisherman Alan Hayes. It should be a good event. It’s free and refreshments are provided.

UPDATE: Unfortunately Alan Hayes will no longer be able to make the event on Monday. Instead, experienced speaker and Professor, Geoff Mead will be talking about Brighton and it’s seafront as a central leisure destination for millions of Briton in last hundred years. Please STILL join us to discover, some un-discorved secrets buried deep down in the pebbles of Brighton Beach.

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Conversation Piece – A Personal History of Fishing in Brighton with Alan Hayes

17th November 2:30-4:00pm

Refreshments Provided.

A relaxed heritage-focussed discussion group, led by Lorenza Ippolito. Topics for conversation focus
on local history and debate, and draw on themes in the current exhibition. Each event welcomes a
local speaker with specialist knowledge on the theme of choice.

REEF by Simon Faithful is a unique collaboration between the artist, arts organisations, marine
industries and conservationists, divers and specialist technicians. It is a remote piece completely
imagined for the bottom of the sea. A boat, on it’s last journey, will become – in time – a reef and
will hopefully help strengthen an endangered ecosystem.

Seas and oceans are, in fact, vast ecosystems all on the brink of loosing the delicate balance which
allows them to exist. They are also a source of food for us, fishermen have been working off the
South Coast of Britain for centuries, often in dangerous waters, bringing back food.

But now with dwindling fish stocks and polluted oceans, do fishermen recognise the need for
regulation? How has the fishing industry changed? What did Brighton’s fishing community look like
50 years ago? And what does it look like now?

Join Lorenza Ippolito and Alan Hayes, fisherman born in Ship Street and Christened in the Church
which is now Fabrica Gallery, to take a look back at how fishing has changed in Brighton from the
last century to now.

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