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 ORAL HISTORY JOURNAL AUTUMN 2019 VOL: 47 NO:2

THE BRITISH LIBARY : DR ROBERT PERKS LEAD CURATOR ORAL HISTORY

ROB PERKS SENDS THIS UPDATE: THE BRITISH LIBRARY MAJOR HERITAGE FUND – SUPPORTED “UNLOCKING OUR SOUND HERITAGE ” INITIATIVE IS DIGITISING TWENTY FIVE ORAL HISTORY COLLECTIONS FROM THE BRITISH LIBRARY`S OWN HOLDINGS OVER THE COMING MONTHS, AND IS AIMING TO MAKE THESE AVAILABLE ONLINE BY 2020 WHERE PERMISSIONS CAN BE OBTAINED .

THEY INCLUDE : AN ORAL HISTORY OF THE CIRCUS :BOOK TRADE LIVES ,DOWN TO EARTH : AN ORAL HISTORY OF BRITISH HORTICULTURE , AN ORAL HISTORY OF GENERAL PRACTICE 1936-1952 ,LIVES IN THE OIL INDUSTRY ,AN ORAL HISTORY OF BRITISH PHOTOGRAPHY , AND ANIMAL WELFARE ARCHIVISTS .THE TEN REGIONAL “UNLOCKING OUR SOUND HERITAGE ” HUBS ARE ALSO UNDERWAY WITH THEIR DIGITISATION PROGRAMMES.

“BUILDING ON THE 2018 BRITISH LIBARY EXHIBITION “WINDRUSH : SONGS FROM A STRANGE LAND ” FOUR YOUNG SCHOLARS PRODUCED AND LED GUIDED THEMATIC AUDIO TOURS AROUND THE BRITISH LIBARY BUILDING .EACH TOUR FEATURED A SELECTION OF AUDIO EXTRACTS FROM ORAL HISTORY COLLECTIONS WHICH WERE PLAYED ALOUD AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN THE LIBARY.

THE TOUR GUIDES RECIEVED TRAINING IN DELIVERING A PUBLIC TOUR ,RESEARCH METHODS FOR ORAL HISTORY SOUND EDITING ,AND WERE MENTORED BY THE BRITISH LIBARY`S ORAL HISTORY CURATOR MARY STEWART AND CHANDAN MAHAL FROM THE “UNLOCKING OUR SOUND HERITAGE” TEAM .

THIS VITAL PUBLIC RESOURCE IS ONE OF THE MOST INPORTANT EVER DEVELOPED AND UNDERTAKEN IN THE UNITED KINGDOM  . PAT CARTER . SEPTEMBER 22ND 2019 .

CONTACT : DR ROB PERKS ,LEAD CURATOR ,ORAL HISTORY ,NATIONAL LIFE STORIES , BRITISH LIBRARY 96 EUSTON ROAD ,LONDON, NW1 2DB, TEL: 020 7412 7405/7404 E-MAIL: rob.perks@bl.uk or oralhistory@bl.uk ,website : http://www.bl.uk/

 

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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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A  REPORT FROM THE NEWSPAPER  MATURE  TIMES   The voice of our generation . 2011 – 2012.

Sports archivists have uncovered never before – seen pictures of Britains first ever female football team – set up by Suffragette for the Rights of Women movement in 1881. The astonishing black and white photographs show the moment pioneering campaigners swapped their corsets for football shirts and formed ‘Mrs Grahams XI’.  Historians believe that the side helped women win the local Government vote and even sparked riots, after stepping onto the football pitch in revealing bloomers and blouses. Images of the team,  from Stirling, Scotland, were uncovered by artist Stuart Gibbs, 47 while compiling an exhibition about the history of the women’s game.

He said “They were on the cutting edge. The day after a controversial match in Glasgow the right for women to vote got the royal assent” .”The players were all part of the rights for women and the ‘rational dress movement’, so maybe the game was seen as a sign of the times and had some influence. ”

The stunning shots were uncovered by artist Mr Gibbs while researching `Moving  the Goalposts : A History of Womens Football in Britain’ currently touring the UK.  He compiled an album of pictures after scouring local libaries in Stirling. Mr Gibbs found suffragette Scot Helen Matthews, who played under the name Mrs Graham, had set up the first official womens club in the city.

The team known as Mrs Grahams XI – also the first national side-played their first official match at Easter Road ,on May 7, 1881. From that point on the team were never far away from controversy. The second game, against England at Shawfield Athletic Ground in Glasgow, on May 16 1881 sparked riots when they beat the visiting team 3-0.

Following the riots, the Womens Franchise (Scotland) Bill was given the royal assent, allowing women to vote in local government elections. This was a right women in England had enjoyed for two decades.  But the events of that day caused such a stir that a Government ban was imposed on women playing football in Scotland.

The team – which even included the world’s first black female footballer, Carrie Boustead – were considered “improper” by their male counterparts. But they battled on to eventually obtain recognition. Mr Gibbs said, “There were critics right from day one. Even women’s magazines were against it, even though you wouldn’ t think they would be. It just wasn’t acceptable for women to dress in trousers and football was considered a man’s game.

“The women had lots of fans, but they also had lots of objectors and there were a few problems caused by hooligans who tried to disrupt the game. Female teams played right through the First World War – but on December 5, 1921 the English Football Association voted to ban womens football from grounds used by its member clubs. The ban was not lifted until July 1971.

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JESSICA  SHEPERD : EDUCATION CORRESPONDENT OF THE GUARDIAN REPORTED ON THE 27TH DECEMBER 2011.

The Guardian spoke to scores of associations  representing educational workers and requested figures from councils through the Freedom of Information Act. The information shows that schools are ending or cutting funds for an initiative lauded by reseachers that offered one to one tuition for pupils falling behind in reading , writing, and maths .”

“Researchers proved that the initiative accelerates pupils progress and gives them confidence. Hertfordshire county council said fewer schools in its area were now giving one to one tuition. They were concentrating on smaller group work instead.”

“The Department of Education says schools still recieve their grant for one to one tuition , but it is no longer ringfenced and can be spent on other areas. “

Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers , warned that the cuts  uncovered by The  Guardian would lead to “Englands long tail of under- achievement getting longer” She feared the most vunerable would suffer the most and fall further behind .Gove had been disingenuous in assuming the front line would be protected, she said” “Meanwhile essential help for children falling behind in maths and English is being scaled back.”

“One to One Tuition in maths and English is being dramatically reduced. In April funds for such tuition stopped being ringfenced and many schools have diverted funds elsewhere .”Many local authorities have a service that co-ordinates one to one tuition in schools . But, in such areas as Hertfordshire the services have had to be cut. the local council says it has noticed that fewer schools are giving such tuition and has reduced its team from six to two.”

**DISCUSS*******COMMENT******DISCUSS*******COMMENT******DISCUSS*******COMMENT*********DISCUSS**

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WHAT IS HAPPENING IN OUR AREA .

PORTSMOUTH AGAINST THE CUTS TOGETHER .   P.A.C.T.

Established by Portsmouth Trades Council in 2010 PACT is a community based anti- cuts group , which networks to bring together, workers , students ,pensioners, and all of the community who oppose the Con- Dem government`s austerity agenda . PACT opposes ALL cuts and supports workers industrial action to defend their jobs and community campaigners who are defending vital public services.

For more information:      www.portsmouthact.wordpress.com         Portsmouthagainstcuts@gmail.com

 

GREEN LEFT : PORTSMOUTH  PEOPLES   YOUNIVERSITY.

Networking  with  OCCUPY PORTSMOUTH  in  Victoria Park Portsmouth.

Two days of speakers and discussion took place  at the weekend that the community were involved in.

See their website : greenleftblog.com/

 

OR  CONTACT :

 

OCCUPY PORTSMOUTH : wearethe99percent@hotmail.com

OTHER WEBSITES OF INTEREST:

BBC ETHICS .          THE INDEPENDENT .    FOCUS:      OCCUPY ST PAULS CATHEDERAL.

 

FOR A CLEAR EXPLANATION ON THE CURRENT SITUATION:

BOOK RECOMMENDATION:     ILL  FARES  THE  LAND     BY  TONY  JUDT.   Published  by Penguin Books 2010 @ £9:99.

Described by John Gray as ” a  latter- day Orwell “

“Tony Judt is our preeminent historian of postwar Europe, a scholar of remarkable breadth and crudition and one of the West`s foremost and outspoken public intellectuals…a deeply learned, deeply humane heart`s cry .”    Timothy Rutten ,   Los Angeles Times.

 

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PORTSMOUTH  MUSEUMS  AND  RECORD  OFFICE.

MUSEUM  ROAD , PORSMOUTH,  HAMPSHIRE   PO1  2LJ.

ORAL   HISTORY  COLLECTION  :  CONTACT : JOHN  STEDMAN.  TEL /02392  827261.

HAMPSHIRE  RECORD  OFFICE .

SUSSEX  STREET ,  WINCHESTER  ,  HAMPSHIRE  SO23  8TH .

WESSEX  FILM  AND  SOUND   ARCHIVE  :  CONTACT : DAVID  LEE . TEL /01962  846154.

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WHAT IS DOWSING?

Dowsing is a way of finding out about things we cannot see. It is a wonderful tool and one that we can all use.You may well have heard of dowsing or `divining’ being used to find water. Dowsing is also used in the surveying of buildings and archaeological searches; in looking for oil, mineral deposits and lost objects and for the investigation of earth energies and geopathic stress.

The British Association of Dowsers  special interest groups include: Archeological, Health, Earth Energies, and a Water and Site Dowsing group. There are some 25 local groups around the country. If you are interested, try their  website www.britishdowsers.org which provides  information and details on how to join.

VILLAGE WATER.

Village Water is the campaigning arm of the British Society of Dowsers, a UK registered charity no. 295911. One of the projects is in Munyinda in the Western Province of Zambia, Central Africa. They have the benefits of a new well installed by Village Water.

In Zambia, Central Africa, farmers have used their ingenuity and skills for many years to make the best of a tough climate and, in the Western Province, a poor sandy soil. They have learned methods of soil conditioning, such as applying roots of cassava plants, so that their only shortage now is irrigation water in the dry season, which lasts 8 months of the year. That is why wells being sunk helps them greatly, to grow food, through irrigation, and to make a living, thus providing for their families in what can be a harsh enviroment.

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This Is My Home Now.          Refugees in Southampton from 1939 to the present day. To learn more about this please go to my Oral History page.

Speaking Up For Disability.     Attitudes and Experiences: Changes since the 1940s for  disabled people in West Sussex. To learn more about this please go to my Oral History page.

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Oral History is an empowerment process for people . You can record your history using your perhaps,  hidden skills to record your past and present day life . Peoples history has not always been valued , now is your chance to change this .People have  been enabled to tell their  history, in their way ,relatively recently with  advent of the recording process that was set in motion by the University of Chicago in  America . New technology  meant that the process became availabIe for all to use , enjoy , and to benefit from.

Prior to this, Oral History began centuries ago with  the native shaman or shamankas (wise people) and with  the community  in various societies around the world . Peoples history was passed on by the spoken word and in artistic symbolism  to record and enlighten future generations. It is a vitally important craft.

BUT……….IT CAN BE FUN TOO!

Oral History can be used in a variety of different settings ,some of which are; A funded project, life long learning , schools, instituitions, community, volunteer projects, or…..academic ,to name just a few.

The enjoyment of learning becomes evident when people are shown the skill of recording their life histories  as individuals or in a group. By people  being  taught the skill of interviewing , photography , and art and then placing this in an historical context it provides substantiation of what is being recorded by them .This can be produced as exhibitions or in book form. It can look and sound stunning as it brings to life, memories, and history too.

All age groups can benefit by the  new skills learnt and above all they have a voice . It is an invaluble process for learning ,leisure , enjoyment and making a statement of ones own.

I have taught this process for a number of years and am a member of the Oral History Society of Great Britain. If you or your group are interested in  knowing more about  courses, workshops , and the consultation service that I offer on Oral History and the  Arts then contact me , Pat Carter.

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In a recent SENCO Update Sally Copley, the head of Save the Children, has argued that the pupil premium could be the key to breaking the attainment gap but added, “we believe the government should set this at an extra £3,000 for every disadvantaged child. That would double the weighting such children currently receive and give them a much better chance of fulfilling their academic potential.”

The premium will in fact amount to £430 per pupil based on a child eligible for various types of benefit or/and earnings of the parents of less than £16,000 per year. It will cover some 15% of all pupils in maintained schools. The cost of this will be £625 million this year but in the future eligibility will widen and spending will rise to £2.5 billion by 2014/15.

The thinking behind this is that the entitlement to free school meals is a proxy one for households with low incomes. The pupils from these households achieve educational outcomes that are poor. Seventy Five percent of poor children achieve the expected level when leaving primary school, compared to 95% of children of the richest households. Corresponding figures on the achievement of 5 good GCSEs that include English and Maths are those of 20% and 75%.

Therefore, the pupil premium is being put in place due to the lack of a  robust relationship between school resources and the performance of the pupil. In the funding of the pupil there are huge differences. The Schools White Paper focused on 72 secondary schools outside London where funding that was based on  access to central grants, historical models, and local authority policies varied between just below £4k to well over £5.5k.  Such variations do not appear to be reflected in performance. Pupil premium therefore is seen as targeting the funding more closely to the apparent need.

A  Warning By Professionals.

Laren Higgs comments on the pupil premium in  Chidren & Young People  Now when she says that Education professionals are warning that disadvantaged children could be left without vital support in certain parts of the country, as the Department for Education (DfE) have revealed how the pupil premium is set to be distributed across England. The pupil premium will only cover cuts elsewhere in budgets and some disadvantaged students may even be worse off.

Michael Trobe, policy director at the Association  of School and College Leaders, said schools will need “critical mass” of pupil premium children if the cash is to make a difference to the attainment of the most disadvantaged. “A great deal will depend on how many pupil premiums each school gets ,” he explained. “If you’re working on an individual student basis then the money won’t  go very far. On average it would take five to six pupil premiums just to put on an extra one-hour group, once a week. You’d need 30 pupil premiums just to put on one extra hour per week for each of your five year groups. It’s a drop in the ocean in that respect.”

The deputy general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, Martin Freedman also argued that most schools will simply “put the pupil premium in the overall pot and use it to offset the cuts they’ve received elsewhere. Unless you’re a school that has turned into an academy recently, your budget has had a real-terms cut this year,” he said. “The government claims this is additional money, but they are being a bit disingenuous. We trust their decisions, however, it is important that there is transparency about how the money is spent. Therefore, we ask schools to report to parents annually about how they have used the pupil premium. The extent to which schools improve the attainment of disadvantaged pupils will be covered by the wider accountability system that we are developing.”

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Living Memories – People’s History . People  from  Portsmouth, Hampshire, and West Sussex. Everyone has a story to tell, even people who have lived what he or she thinks of as an unremarkable life. There is no such thing as ‘ordinary’ and everyone’s life experiences are different. When looking back on the past, today’s generation are fascinated by how their ancestors lived. What  is  not valued   during  a  lifetime  becomes valued  with the passing of  the years and with recognition of achievements. With the pace of change accelerating, this  fascination is  increasing. 

 I have recorded the lives of many  people in the South. Men like the underage sailor who joined the navy in Portsmouth  and later witnessed first-hand the Russian Revolution and the first Falklands War. Women like the World War 1 Clippie on the Portsmouth Trams  who was forced to leave her job when it was reclaimed by a man who came home from the war. 

 To read more on these peoples’ history click here.

 To start a community history and arts  project or to record you living memories  to pass onto your family, please see my Oral History page. Your memories – the most personal legacy you can leave.

Content  c copyright Pat Carter 2011

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5th  June  2011.

I  made  a  decision  to  employ  a  tutor  when  my  son  slipped  down  a  couple  of  school  groups  in  English  at  the  beginning  of  Year  10.  It  was  said  that  he  was  lacking  in  motivation  and  enthusiasm  in  the  subject  and  would  be  lucky  to  pass  his  GCSE  with  a  C  grade.  Since  he  started  working  with  Pat  on  a  weekly  basis  both  his  attitude  and  interest  in  the  subject  have  changed  for  the  better.

Pat  has  given  him  strategies  to  work  with,  worked  with  him  on  his  coursework  and  more  importantly  given  him  the  confidence  in  himself  to  believe  that  he  can  pass  and  achieve.  And,  even  better,  as  of  the  time  of  writing  he  has  passed  his  English  Language  GCSE  with  a  B  grade !  From  a  parent’s  point  of  view  Pat  has  been  a  pleasure  to  work  with.  She  always  gives  useful  feedback  on  the  lesson,  is  reliable,  trustworthy  and  is  dedicated  to  the  success  of  her  pupil.  I  would  not  hesitate  to  highly  recommend  her.

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PORTSMOUTH ,  May  2011  :

In  Portsmouth,  schools  should  have  the  capacity  to  support  One  To  One  Tuition  through  the  Pupil  Premium.  Especially  those  who  are   Looked  After  Children, and  children  who  are  at  risk  of  not  making  progress.

CONSIDER  THIS……. FROM THE BBC  WEBSITE  :

On  the BBC  News  Education  and  Family  website  Mike  Baker  a  freelance  education  journalist  and   broadcaster  said:  “Nor  is  it  that,  as  the  government  confirmed  in  it’s  spending  allocations  statement,  some   individual  schools  will  not  only  fail  to  get  a  real  terms  spending  increase,  but  may  get  an  absolute  cash  terms  cut.”

A   tutor  spoke  to  the  BBC  and  said : “I  have worked  as  a  One  To One  Tutor  for  the  last  two  years  and  have  seen  first  hand  the  benefits  of  this  provision.  Pupils  have  shown  a  huge  increase  in  confidence. Not  only  with  working  with  me  individually,  but  also  when  they  are  back  in  the  classroom.

Their academic  improvement  has  been  amazing, far  beyond  what  was  expected.  For  some  children  just  having  someone  to  reassure  them  at  every  step  makes  the  difference.  Take  this  provision  away  and  I  dread  to  think  what  will  happen  to  British  education.”  R. UK.

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One of my specialisms is Oral History, which is a tool for recording family history, peoples’ history and social history.  To learn more please see the Oral History page.

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