Can I encourage you to attend a forthcoming event (held yearly) which provides a focus on the oral history tradition and from the perspective of labour movements.
Before I promote the event however, can I give an appropriate plug for a new book by Selina Todd (St. Hilda's College, Oxford) on the British working class from 1910-2010 which draws on oral history testimonies from a wide variety of sources.
I have to admit that one of the real personal draws of mine towards this work (as there are already many on the subject) is that Todd herself comes from a working class background and the drive to write the book comes from an urgent desire to fill a vacuum in British social history. "I looked in vain for my family's story when I went to university to read history," relates Todd "and continued to search for it fruitlessly throughout the next decade.
Eventually I realised that I would have to write this history myself."
Selina will be at Ruskin College on 13th June (6.30pm) for a talk about her new book as part of the College's events linked to the 30th anniversary of the miners' strike - all are welcome.
So, to the oral labour histories event in London 17th May. The details are below and you can contact Linda Clarke at the University of Westminster to book a place: L.M.Clarke@westminster.ac.uk
Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate (nearest tube: Liverpool Street)