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Oral History Collections

Collection of oral history projects. A living history of unique life experiences, people’s memories, experiences and opinions.

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Collection descriptions 

Making East London: Past and Present

From October 2017 to June 2019, UCL Special Collections worked with London Borough of Newham (libraries and archive) to explore the cultural heritage of East London. A collaborative exhibition was produced, combining both organisations’ collections, community workshops were run in the library spaces, and a new collection of oral history interviews was developed. The recordings have been transcribed by Special Collections volunteers, and are available for all to access.

This project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and a UCL Beacon Bursary.


Student Lives at the IOE

The interviews were conducted as a project funded by the Friends of the Newsam Library and Archives, now defunct. The aim was to capture voices of people who studied at the IOE, an area which is lacking in our collection.


Slade Oral History Collection

A number of oral history interviews were recorded in the 1990s with former students and staff. The interviews were conducted by alumnus and former Slade Archivist Stephen Chaplin as part of his research into the history of the School. (See also Stephen Chaplin’s Archive Reader, UCL Special Collections MS ADD 400). In 2013, funds generously provided by the Andor Charitable Trust enabled us to digitise these recordings, and this work has formed the basis of an ongoing oral history programme.

Interview highlights are currently accessible. Full interviews are available, subject to access restrictions. For information about the oral history programme contact: slade.enquiries@ucl.ac.uk.