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Oral History workshop at the Museum of London

18th April 2011 10.30-16.00

Twenty two elders (plus carers) from the City of London and surrounding boroughs and two young people, who currently live on the Golden Lane Estate, participated.

The morning began with a photographic presentation, given by Anna Sparham, Photography Curator, of 50’s and 60’s images of the city.  This talk and images provided a useful trigger for provoking memories of the time.

There followed a brief introduction about the purpose of theworkshop by Julia Statman, the oral historian trainer. After the participants introduced themselves a facilitated discussion took place.

Questions had been drawn up and framed by the two young oral history interview volunteers, covering the topics of the Hanging Out Themes. They were supported by the oral historian Julia Statman and Lorna Holder, the Director of Full Spectrum Productions.

Refreshed after a delicious lunch, follow-up interviews were held with participants in groups of two and three. All interviews were filmed.

Elder participants came from various locations in the city reflecting the different  communities that lived  there in the 50s and 60s. Their age range spanned from those that were young people before the war to those that were young in the 60s. This provided the workshop with a range of experiences and perceptions of youth culture of the 50s and 60s.

The input of the young people to the workshop allowed for some comparisons to be made about young people growing up in the city now and in the 50s and 60s. It also provoked a discussion about relations between young people and elders.

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