I completed the MA in Life History Research and Oral History at Sussex University in 2007. The course covered the theory and practice of oral history, critical approaches to life history research, critical approaches to the Mass Observation Archive and a public history work placement. I spent the work placement at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery working along side the oral history curator and researching the history of the Theatre Royal. My interviews formed part of the sound archive and were presented through listening posts in the final exhibition.
After completing my studies I was funded by Living Imprint to use oral history research to record the story of dancer and choreographer Angela Lane. As project leader, drawing on a range of oral history skills and methodology, I worked independently to research, interview, transcribe and thematically analyse the story and prepare the voice extracts for a public exhibition. The multi-media exhibition made use of archive photographs, text, sound and film and was presented in a creative and thought provoking way. I worked successfully within a limited budget and time frame. The CD and DVD of the project are held at the British Library Sound Archive.
I used my MA dissertation, ‘Nothing About Me Without Me’, to develop an ethical and practical guide for doing life story projects with vulnerable people and have worked freelance with many different organisations to support and encourage the development of this work. I have recently been instrumental in setting up a new day service catering for older people with learning disabilities and dementia. I run sessions on life story projects, constructed biography and reminiscence, using my skills in photography, sound and oral history to create short films.
Specialties: oral history, life story workshops, photography