East Midlands Oral History Day 2017 – War, Memory & Oral History
Lincoln LN2 2LG
This year’s East Midlands Oral History Day takes place on 29th June at the Riseholme Campus of the University of Lincoln and is based on the theme of ‘War, Memory & Oral History’. The event is being organised by the University of Lincoln and the East Midlands Oral History Archive (EMOHA) with support from the Oral History Society.
Provisional timetable (subject to change)
|10.00-10.45||Welcome; The pleasures and pitfalls of interviewing 90-somethings for the International Bomber Command Centre Digital Archive (Dan Ellin/Heather Hughes)
|10.45-11.25||Colin Hyde (EMOHA, University of Leicester) – Leicestershire & Rutland Remember WW1. The process of creating an online oral history resource using material from the East Midlands Oral History Archive and the issues that arose when putting it on the Internet. Also, what the material does and doesn’t tell us. The web exhibition is here – http://www.le.ac.uk/emoha/community/resources/ww1/index.html
|11.40-12.20||Namak Khoshnaw (Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, University of Leicester) – Mosel under ISIS. This presentation is on the subject of Qayyarah in Mosul, based on recent work for the BBC. It will include unpublished interviews with local people, and will compare how Qayyarah is being remembered with other similar events from Kurdish and Iraqi history. One of the unpublished interviews is with an assassin who works for ISIS. He is currently in prison in Kirkuk. He explains why he took part in these activities, showing how the same event is remembered in different ways. Clip on BBC website – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/desert_on_fire
|12.20-13.00||Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire’s oral history project (Phil Bonner)|
|13.45-14.25||Sue Bishop (University of Leicester) – From Enemy Prisoner of War to ‘German Friendly Alien’: Memories of Life in Leicestershire and Rutland between 1945-1949. After the final German Prisoners of War (PoWs) held in Great Britain after World War Two were released in 1948, over 25,000 men managed to meet the government’s criteria to remain as ‘foreign aliens’ rather than be repatriated. The memories of ex-PoWs, their wives and children, and those who employed them, help to uncover how the men secured the opportunity to stay and what those early years were like for them as they tried to settle into their new way of life.
|14.25-15.05||Liam McCarthy (University of Leicester) – ‘I thought I was the only one’: Introducing GI children in Leicester to each other. There is an established history of American GIs in Leicester in the Second World War and GI Brides. But there is a hidden history of racism, violence and sex which left behind hundreds of GI babies in Leicester after the war. Many thought they were the only one until I tracked some of them down and introduced them to each other to share their stories.|
|15.20-16.00||Colin Hyde (EMOHA, University of Leicester) – Memories of the Korean War. Making a documentary video with veterans of the Korean War. This talk covers the process of the making the video and some of the issues that arose from it. The video is here – https://youtu.be/5KMmuTVeLEI
For further information and to book a place please click here.