Meet the oral historian

Hello, my name is Colin Hyde and I run the East Midlands Oral History Archive (EMOHA), which is based in the Centre for Urban History at the University of Leicester.

EMOHA was originally funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to establish the first large-scale archive of oral history recordings for Leicestershire & Rutland. This includes the collections of the former Leicester Oral History Archive, the Mantle archive from North West Leicestershire, the Community History archive of Leicester City Libraries, and the sound archive of BBC Radio Leicester, along with smaller collections donated by local organisations or individuals.

For the My Leicestershire project I shall be digitising, and loading onto the website, a number of oral history recordings from the 1980s and a selection of Radio Leicester recordings covering the period 1968-1999. These recordings are all on quarter inch reel to reel tapes and will eventually deteriorate to the point where they are unplayable. Fortunately they have been stored well and most are still sounding good, so I’m looking forward to preserving and displaying them through the My Leicestershire website.

I’ll post updates of my progress via the blog and highlight any issues around the digitisation process, or any particularly intersting interviews or programmes I come across.

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  1. Cannot believe there are no comments here! Discovered all the photographs you took in Burton Overy in summer 2003. They are fantiastic. My special interest is that my Gt Gt Grandfather William Beardsley farmed 400 acres (according to the 1851 census). His father, also William Beardsley and born in Burton Overy 1750 fathered this child when he was 65 and died when his son was only 6 years old.

    I am trying to find out where this family, obviously who were quite wealthy, started.

    Did you by any chance take photographs in Great Glen? William Beardsley build Glen House, but the only photograph we have has been labelled ‘Burton Overy House’.

    Can you point me to any more web sites that might have some of the early 1750ish history of Burton Overy. I have downloaded ‘Aspects of Burton Overy’ and making some enquiries on the Leicestershire villages sites for links to the Bent family of Gilmorton.

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