Sharing Stories in Oral History Workshops

Oral history is ‘personal life stories’ about our past. We are holding a series of four Oral History workshops in Lambeth, City of London, Camden and Brent for elders to share their stories – memories and experiences - of ‘hanging’ in those areas in the 1950s and 1960s and to make comparisons with young people today.

Young volunteers who participated in the oral history interviewing training and the Mapping Exercise as part of the project’s training programme [link to training programme] will interview elders in the workshops.

The workshops will be led by an Oral Historian and Oral History Trainer. Film footage and audio recordings of the workshops will contribute to heritage archives, and represented in the ‘Hanging Out’ project’s display and publication. 

Upcoming Events

Oral History workshop Lambeth - Imperial War Museum, 13 April 2011 Lambeth
has a fusion of cultures and is constantly changing. Brixton has a vibrant mix of street culture, fashion and entertainment places such as the Ritzy Picturehouse, and The Academy for concerts.

Oral History workshop - City of London: 18 April 2011 - Museum of London
Elders will share their experiences of growing up and ‘hanging out’ in and around the Golden Lane Estate in the Barbican. www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery/event-detail.asp?ID=8738. The Estate now has a diverse mix of young professionals and older owner occupiers but it was the first significant development in the City after the Second World War.
Oral History workshop – Round House Camden: 26 April 2011
“Crossing Borders” – young people will share and compare their experiences of growing up in London with elders; in particular their feelings about “venturing” into other boroughs. The Project Historian will provide his personal observation of some of the issues facing young people today compared to the 1950s/60s.
Oral History workshop – Brent: (date to be confirmed) 
Elders from Brent will give an insight into how the different communities interacted as teenagers. Brent also has many interesting and iconic landmarks where young people hung out such as Wembley Stadium, the Ace Café - a fantastic music venue, it is also a meeting place for motorcycle and car meets throughout the year. Well known artists such as the Rolling Stones and the Beatles performed at the Gaumont State.

If you have a story to share about your memories of ‘hanging out’ in Lambeth, City of London, Camden or Brent in the 1950s and 1960s please click here to contribute

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