Digging where we stand: a practical guide to oral history
This practical workshop will explore oral history as activism and art form connecting communities and generations through conversation. We will explore how ‘the first kind of history,’ developed and how technology has enabled us to find new ways to preserve and learn from our shared heritage. We will unearth the value of this technique for individuals and for communities, for social belonging and understanding.
Participants will learn practical techniques together. They will take this practice away with them, to dig deeper, to look for stories in their own communities.
Rosa Kurowska is an oral historian and educator who works with young people in many contexts, in China and London, from schools and hospitals to refugee support groups and outdoor education. As a historian she is committed to creating opportunities for inter-generational exchange and research through innovative community projects. Previously she coordinated the delivery of the three year HLF oral history project ‘British Chinese Workforce Heritage.’ She is the founder of Beyond Past, a social enterprise which aims to provide education and training through the production of intergenerational oral history projects. She founded this enterprise inspired by Lindqvist’s concept of ‘Dig where you stand’ and the conviction that the resources and means of producing research could, and should, be found outside traditional academic institutions. These would be histories produced by communities and encouraging inter-generational exchange through education.