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NEWS OF PEOPLES’ DIARIES FROM THE ISLE OF WIGHT  AND NATIONWIDE :   

Irving Finkel, the Assitant Curator of the Assyrian Gallery at The British Museum, London, England, was on the Isle of Wight recently with Richard Smout, Wight County Archivist. They gave a talk to a community audience, preceeding the launch, soon this month, of  The Great  Diary Project. Their task was to encourage local people to keep, or deposit diaries of their own, or of members of their family who have died. The project is a nationwide one that you too can contribute to and enjoy. These eye witness testimonials survive as beautiful  works of personally written art. Present and future generations will be able to study and gain an insight into the personal,  social and cultural aspects of the day as recorded by the people in that time period. Lived life.

Dr Irving Finkel is the founder of this exciting project and was originally shown, by a dealer of books, a collection of diaries from the years 1879 to 1955. The person who wrote these diaries was Mr Godfrey Williams, who charted his everyday life from before the 1st World War to modern times and to the start of the post war period.

Irving’s forethought saved the diaries so that future generations would be enlightened by the historical gems contained within the writings. Thus The Great Diaries Project was conceived to collect and to hold a treasury of peoples lives within ink and paper. The power of the written diary is the same as that of recordings produced within oral history projects, in as much as that they reveal feelings and insightful moments into the lived life of humanity.

TAKE A LOOK AT ONE  DIARY ARCHIVE :

THE HALL COLLECTION AT : WIGAN ARCHIVE SERVICE

THE NATIONAL ARCHIVE : Holds a vast collection of private, unpublished, resources, and is a wonderful centre of history.

THE GREAT DIARY PROJECT
The diaries will be catalogued for the Great Diary Project database and the contents will be made available to all interested readers. Originals will be held for viewing in The Bishopsgate Institute reading room.

The project guarantees that the diaries within the collection will be under permanent archival care. Any donor can stipulate that donated diaries must remain unread and private for a period after accession. All diary donations will be permanent, and the copyright of all contents ceded TBA as future studies and publications will need to quote passages or sections from diaries in the collection.

PLEASE CONTACT : DR IRVING FINKEL, FOUNDER, AT : cuneatics @aol.com

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LIFE STORIES : PERSON CENTERED CARE  .                   News From The  Oral History Society Journal Spring 2012

Funding is coming from The Department of Health to produce a national project that will “support the delivery of new ways of working to realise dementia – friendly communities with well trained staff” .

“The development and use of Life Stories is one of the keys to delivering person centered care by placing the individual and their biography at the heart of care and support.It provides people with a practical set of tools to help them engage with the real person, and see beyond their illness , disability or diagnosis, thus ensuring that their basic human rights are acknowledged and respected”.

In the longer term the project will contribute to a reduction in the use of anti- psychotic drugs , and influence ` outcome –  based  commissioning` for work with dementia.

For details on this exciting and innovative project , take a look at their website:

www.lifestorynetwork.org.uk/your-story-matters/

 

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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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