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I first started work on this project when pregnant in 2014. My daughter’s now 3 and we’ve finally finished – in style! It’s been a pleasure working with colleagues Harriet Morgan-Shami, Cath Ford and Shonagh Short as well as members of the Crafty Lasses art group at St Chad’s. (I do hope they find momentum and funding to carry on as they’re such a creative and dedicated bunch.)  You can see the fruits of our labour in an exhibition at Limehurst Library which travels to Gallery Oldham in May. You can also listen to memories of Daisy Nook, Hollinwood and Limehurst by visiting Oldham Local Studies Library where our 15 oral history interviews have been archived.

Listening to the recollections of others brought back personal memories of my own as well as the rediscovery of a long lost photograph of me with my Mum and Dad on a boat at Crime Lake in the early 1980s. I enjoyed the chance to reminisce and will be sure to take a trip to Daisy Nook again next time the sun is shining.

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OHspring2Last week I was lucky to be one of 24 students attending an Oral History Spring School at the Institute for Historical Research, the University of London.  It was an intense few days, jam-packed with interesting case studies, ethical questions and differing approaches to collection and analysis. I really enjoyed meeting people from all walks of life – including sociologists, artists, historians and academics – employing the medium of oral history to inspire and further their work. (In particular Paul Thompson, the founding father of Oral History.) The course has renewed my enthusiasm for a subject that’s fascinated me since I was an undergraduate. Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to work on OH projects about a huge range of subjects including Sheffield’s cutlery industry, migration, Yemeni heritage, Salford Quays, military memories, artist’s lives and race relations. Here’s to many more!