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PAT  CARTER  1 : 1 TUITION     2013

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HISTORY , ORAL HISTORY , ENGLISH LANGUAGE  AND ENGLISH  LITERATURE ,

GEOGRAPHY , ART , ESSAY WRITING , STUDY SKILLS , MIND – MAPS , EXAM TECHNIQUES , WRITING TECHNIQUES .

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“THIS IS MY HOME NOW”  A PROJECT AT SOUTHAMPTON ,HAMPSHIRE ,ENGLAND .31ST DECEMBER 2012

THIS ORAL HISTORY PROJECT HAS NOW CONCLUDED AND WAS BASED ON 28 REFUGEES WHO HAD FLED PERSECUTION OR CONFLICT IN THEIR COUNTRIES TO LIVE IN THE AREA OF SOUTHAMPTON BETWEEN 1939 TO 2007.

JENNY CUFFE  THE MANAGER OF THE PROJECT REFLECTS  BELOW ON THE WORK,  OF WHICH A FULL ACCOUNT AND GUIDANCE ON THE UNDERTAKING CAN BE SEEN ON THEIR PROJECT WEBSITE .THIS IMPORTANT WORK WOULD BE INVALUABLE IF REPEATED ELSEWHERE IN THE WORLD .

AS REFUGEES ,THE INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE TAKEN PART HAVE EXPERIENCED TRAUMA AND LOSS BEFORE RE-BUILDING THEIR LIVES .IN DEVISING OUR PROJECT AND CARRYING OUT THE INTERVIEWS ,WE TRIED TO BE SENSITIVE TO THIS AND TO ENSURE THAT THE PARTICIPANTS HAD A MEASURE OF CONTROL OVER THE PROCESS “.

“THE CONCEPT OF ORAL HISTORY WAS TOTALLY NEW TO SOME OF OUR PARTICIPANTS .WE WERE ALSO AWARE THAT SOME HAD HAD NEGATIVE EXPERIENCES WHEN TELLING THEIR STORIES TO OFFICIALS FROM THE UK  BORDER AGENCY ,WHO QUESTIONED THEIR TRUTHFULNESS. OTHERS CAME FROM CULTURES WHERE IT IS NOT USUAL  OR EVEN ACCEPTABLE TO TELL YOUR LIFE STORY TO A STRANGER ,AND A FEW OF THEM FELT THAT THEY OR THEIR FAMILIES WERE STILL AT RISK FROM THE REGIMES THEY HAD FLED “.

THE PROJECT HAS NOW ENDED ,BUT THE TOURING EXHIBITION HAS BEEN WELL ATTENDED AND COPIES OF THE BOOK HAVE BEEN WIDELY DISTRIBUTED . JENNY GOES ON TO SAY THAT “ALL OF US THAT WORKED ON “THIS IS MY HOME NOW ” OVER THE EIGHTEEN MONTHS FOUND IT AN ENRICHING EXPERIENCE ,BUT WHAT IS MORE IMPORTANT ,THE PARTICIPANTS THEMSELVES HAVE ENJOYED THE PROCESS AND SEEM PROUD OF THE RESULT”.

TO FIND OUT MORE ,GO TO : `THIS IS MY HOME NOW`, WEBSITE . www.myhomenow.org/how-to -produce -an -oral history- exhibition

THE ` STALL STORIES ` PROJECT   LONDON , ENGLAND 31ST DECEMBER 2012

YOUNG PEOPLE FROM FOUR SCHOOLS IN LONDON ARE INVOLVED IN PRODUCING DOCUMENTARIES ABOUT THEIR LOCAL STREET MARKETS ,OTHERS WHO ARE WORKING WITH THEM ARE THE ARTS AND EDUCATIONAL CHARITY digital : works . THEY WERE TRAINED AT THEIR LOCAL ARCHIVE  IN FILMING AND INTERVIEWING TECHNIQUES ,BEFORE INTERVIEWING LOCAL STALL TRADERS AND SHOPPERS .THE FILMS CAPTURED A VIVID SNAPSHOT OF MARKET LIFE AS IT IS TODAY .

OVER  MANY HUNDREDS OF YEARS , THESE STALLS HAVE PROVIDED A LIVELIHOOD FOR THOUSANDS  OF  PEOPLE . THE FILMS HAVE BEEN SHOWN IN MARKETS, SCHOOLS ,COMMUNITY EVENTS ,AND AT FILM FESTIVALS.

THE FILMS CAN BE SEEN FREE OF CHARGE ON THE PROJECT WEBSITE ,WHERE A BOOKLET ABOUT THE PROJECT CAN BE DOWNLOADED . WEBSITE : www.stallstories.org.uk.

GET INVOLVED WITH YOUR OWN COMMUNITY BY BUILDING PROJECTS LIKE THESE .THE RESULTS CAN BE LIFE CHANGING !          PAT CARTER   31ST DECEMBER 2012

WITH THANKS TO THE JOURNAL OF THE ORAL HISTORY SOCIETY OF GREAT BRITAIN FOR NEWS ON THESE PROJECTS .SEE THEIR WEBSITE :www.ohs.org.uk/ journal

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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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ROMSEY  HAMPSHIRE  ENGLAND  :    CURRENT  ORAL HISTORY WORK.

An oral history of an Anglo-Italian family has recently been written by Christine Tanner in aid of  Cancer Resaerch UK. Entitled  Carlo’s Ice Cream Parlour and Tea Rooms, it is based mainly on the memories of several members of the Donnarumma family, alongside documentary research tracing the family’s progress from the arrival in the 1890’s of three brothers, Nicola, Carlo, and Achille,  from the town of Minori on the Amalfi coast of Italy to Hampshire England.

They include Carlo Donnarumma, the second son of Achille, who was interviewed. Carlo recalled that his father owned a fruit and greengrocery shop in Canal Walk in Southampton from around 1914 and, like many Italian migrants, also made ice cream there.

Details: Carlo’s Ice Cream Parlour and Tea Rooms : Generational Oral History of an Anglo-Italian family by Christine P. Tanner is sold in aid of Cancer Research UK, £9.99 ISBN 9780956977601. It can be purchased by e-mailing the author at : cptoalhistory@gmail.com

WOMEN, STATE AND NATION: CREATING GENDERED IDENTITIES, 21st Conference of the Women’s History Network, University of Cardiff, 7-9 September 2012.

The conference will focus on the relationship between women and the state, look at the process of nation-building, and consider the extent to which national identities have been gendered. Papers will consider the role of women and the impact of gender across all time spans, regions and nations with an historical focus.

Speakers will dicuss; women and patriotism, citizenship, families and nations, political activism, divided loyalties, religion, the stateless, refugees, displaced people, and globalisation.

Contact: Fiona Reid , e-mail  :  freid1@glam.ac.uk   or  Stephanie Ward ,  e-mail :  WardSJ2@cardiff.ac.uk

WOMEN’S ORGANISATIONS AND FEMALE ACTIVISTS IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR : MOVING ACROSS BORDERS, Hamline University, St Paul, Minnesota, USA, 26-28 MAY 2012.

Recent developments in the social, cultural history of modern warfare have done much to shed light on the experience of the First World War, and how that experience was communicated in popular and high culture, and acts of remembrance and commemoration after 1918.

The aim of this  multi-disciplinary conference is to explore major comparative themes such as citizenship, sufferage, nationalism, and women’s desire to respond to extremes of need in the post-war era, (dislocation, internment, violence, and hunger). It will examine the work of organisations  such as Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom or the journalist Eleanor Franklin Egan, who reported on social conditions throughout post-war Europe.

The role of  such women in bringing about reconciliation and facilitating cooperation between former enemy nations (‘cultural demobalisation, the dismantlement of the mindsets and values of wartime’ –  John Horne ) will also be examined. 

Further information : Ingrid Sharp, e-mail :   i.e.sharp@leeds.ac.uk;  

Dr David Hudson, e-mail: dhudson@gw.hamline.edu

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The  African Women’s Forum gathered in Portsmouth City Museum in February 2012, to learn about and experience oral history and arts. The funding of which had been made available by the museum’s Charles Dickens project. Please see the Workshop page for an outline of the day’s activities and outcomes.

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Jim Reed, 89 year-old veteran of World War II Atlantic Convoys, has dedicated his time and own money to researching what happened to hundreds of boy seamen, who lost their lives serving in the Royal Navy. What he has achieved is remarkable in it’s own quiet way. It is testament to his determination to put right an injustice to the long forgotten youths. For the full story and to donate to his cause, please click this link to 534 Boy Sailors Killed In Action.

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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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