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WARTIME PROJECT : `20 STREETS IN PORTSMOUTH : THE ST WILFRED`S MEMORIALS  OCTOBER 2015 ONWARDS.

EXTRACTS OF NEWS OF A LOCAL COMMUNITY PROJECT :  WITH THANKS TO POMPEY CHIMES THE OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND `S DIOCESE OF PORTSMOUTH NOVEMBER 2015

 THE 993 MEN LISTED ON THE WAR MEMORIALS IN ST WILFRED`S CHURCH FRATTON ,CAME FROM JUST 21 TERRACED STREETS SQUEEZED BETWEEN ST MARY`S ROAD AND NEW ROAD . ALL BUT ONE OF THOSE STREET`S STILL EXIST .

OF THOSE WHO SIGNED UP FROM THIS TINY PATCH OF PORTSMOUTH ,135 GAVE THEIR LIVES DURING OR IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE WAR .

NOW A NEW COMMUNITY PROJECT WILL RESEARCH AND PRESERVE THEIR MEMORIES .ENTITLED ` 20 STREETS IN PORTSMOUTH : THE ST WILFRED`S MEMORIALS ` THE PROJECT HAS NOW RECIEVED £9,9000 FROM THE HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND (HLF)

VOLUNTEERS WILL RESEARCH THE MEN LISTED ON THE MEMORIALS THROUGH A VARIETY OF RECORDS , THEY WILL COLLECT PHOTO`S NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS ,DOCUMENTS ,LETTERS AND PHOTOS OF KEEPSAKES ,AS WELL AS RECORD HISTORY .

THE PROJECT IS A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE PARISH OF ST MARY`S PORTSEA , AND FRATTON BIG LOCAL .IT WILL BE SUPPORTED BY THE PORT TOWNS AND URBAN CULTURES PROJECT BASED IN PORTSMOUTH UNIVERSITY .IT WILL INVOLVE HISTORY STUDENTS FROM THE UNIVERSITY PARTICIPATING AS PART OF THEIR STUDIES .

AMONG THE SURVIVING DOCUMENTS ARE LETTERS WRITTEN BY CURATES FROM THE PORTSEA PARISH SERVING AS PADRES ON THE FRONTLINE.

THE RESEARCH WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO ALL VIA A WEBSITE AND CDs THAT WILL BE PROVIDED FREE OF CHARGE TO LOCAL SCHOOLS THERE WILL ALSO BE A DRAMATIC PRODUCTION BASED ON THE RESEARCH.

THERE IS A FACEBOOK PAGE ON : http://www.facebook .com/20streetsinportsmouth

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TO BE HELD IN GLASGOW , SCOTLAND . 11TH – 14TH APRIL 2012

This conference is being organised by the Oral History and Life Stories Network. It has become a regular major international forum for European oral history and life story researchers . In 2010  in Ghent there were some 17 sessions to experience at this conference which made it one of the most popular and largest in Europe.

 The focus of this years conference wil be reflection on the role of nostalgia in oral history and life stories research and analysis.  The key area  being explored this year in Glasgow is going to be :Nostalgia within the oral history framework and historiographical discourses. Amongst those issues being discussed will be the following : 

Why oral history matters. Teaching oral history .Communities and oral history.Disseminating and accessing oral history: oral history in archives, schools , museums, films , community centres, and on the internet.

Whose nostalgia? : encounters between interviewers and interviewees.Theory and methodology related to the construction of life history interviews and the notion of nostalgia .Contrasting video and audio oral history.The influence of cultural contructives of identity on the life story narrative.

CONTACTS: BEA LEWKOWICZ,         E-MAIL : BeaLewkowicz@gmail.com, and ALBERT LICHTBLAU,  Albert.Lichtblau@sbg.ac.at      

With thanks to the Oral History Society Journal .                   

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THE  PEOPLES YOUNiVERSITY: BROUGHT TO YOU BY OCCUPY PORTSMOUTH : 4TH -5TH FEBRUARY 2012.

TWO DAYS OF LECTURES ARE TAKING PLACE  OUTSIDE THE ANGLICAN CATHEDRAL IN THE HIGH STREET OF OLD PORTSMOUTH, ON THE GREEN.  AMONGST  THE LECTURERS SO FOR HAVE BEEN , KEITH TAYLOR THE GREEN MEMBER OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIMENT FOR SOUTH EAST ENGLAND DISCUSSING CHRONIC AIR POLLUTION .HE ALSO TOOK QUESTIONS ON THE EUROPEAN PARLIMENT. 

BEA CAMPBELL THE AWARD WINNING JOURNALIST AND LEADING FEMINIST THINKER  WAS LOOKING AT WHAT HAS GONE WRONG WITH OUR WORLD.

TODAYS SPEAKERS INCLUDE : JENNY FLINTOFT AND ZUBER HATIA  TALKING ABOUT  JUSTICE FOR PALESTINE .SMASH EDO  WILL BE DISCUSSING , NO TO THE ARMS TRADE .

THE EVENT IS ON FROM 12PM TO 4-20PM.

YOU CAN CONTACT  OCCUPY PORTSMOUTH ON :    wearethe99percent@hotmail.com

 

 

 

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Reporters Vanessa Thorpe and  Lucy Fulford in The Observer on the 29th of January 2012 wrote :

Director`s collection of Holocaust witness videos could alter the way history is studied

The arrival in Britain of an archive of tens of thousands of Holocaust testimonies will give much needed historical weight to the experiences of survivors ,  according to a leading scholar . David Cesarani of the Holocaust Research Centre at the University of London , believes that the US video archive set up 18 years ago by Steven Speilberg , will help to rebalance a picture that has been dominated by the study of perpetrators of the atrocities of the second world war.

The extraodinary catalogue of on personal testimony , collected by the Shoah  Foundation Institute since the film director made Schindlers List in 1993 , is housed at the University of California , but on Friday it was formally shared with academics and students at the research centre at Royal Holloway to mark Holocaust Memorial Day . The archive footage , which can be viewed by members of the public by appointment, chiefly features the memories of Jewish survivors , but some of the 52,ooo videos also tell of the experiences of other persecuted groups such as homosexuals and Jehovah`s Witnesses, as well of those of the liberating troops .

Cesarani believes the archive facility will set British historical research in the right context . “It is going to have a huge impact” he said. ” This is an authentic resource for British researchers and historians which will give them access to the experiences of people who have never written anything down.

Growing academic appreciation of the value of oral testimony will mean that the archive is well used, he believes.His views are echoed by Stephen D. Smith executive director of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute in California . Smith and his brother James M. Smith , founded the UK Holocaust Centre in Nottinghamshire and the British -based Aegis Trust.

 Stephen Smith said this weekend. ” This is the voice of a conscience of our age. It`s there to help guide us and has a social value of conscience which I really hope can make a difference , and if it doesn`t we`ll rue the day, but it won`t be because the survivors didn`t  warn us”. He  said : The disempowered are now the empowered through their voices – but how prepared are we to listen?” Smith hopes that non-specialists will also visit the archive.  The USC Shoah Foundation Institute is broadening its archive to incorporate testimony from survivors of other genocides .This year Rwandan and Armenian testimony should be added to the visual history archive.

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BRITISH LIBRARY          Current  British Oral History Work

Rob Perks, Lead Curator of Oral History at the British Library writes in The Journal of the Oral History Society that 250 recordings of interviews and songs produced by oral history pioneer George Ewart Evans.  To find out more about this please go to my Orla History page.

A  welcome  book  published  last year : SHOWFOLK: AN ORAL HISTORY OF  A  FAIRGROUND DYNASTY by : Frank Bruce.  For full details please go to my Oral History page.

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Earth energies are known as Dragons in various parts of the World and encompass our amazing planet.  Author Hamish Miller has written of these in the books that he has produced over the years. One of which was co-authored with Paul Broadhurst, The Sun and the Serpent. ( Published by: Pendragon Press – 1989.)

To read more on this fascinating  ecological topic, go to the ECOLOGY page.

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