Oral history workshop

Steaming back to Kirkby: Oral History Workshop

The Heritage Lottery Funded project Steaming Back to Kirkby (SB2K) recently held a half day Oral History Workshop at Kirkby-in-Ashfield Library. Colin Hyde from the East Midlands Oral History Archive (EMOHA) at the University of Leicester, went through the basics of recording oral history, including tips on recording techniques, equipment, memory aids, editing and transcribing interviews.

Digital audio recorder

A digital audio recorder is used for capturing Kirkby railway folklore.

Oral History forms an important part of the Steaming Back to Kirkby heritage project, which aims to capture not only the living memory of people with experience working with and travelling on steam trains, but more recent events, such as the opening of Kirkby railway station and the Robin Hood line in 1996 – which put Kirkby-in-Ashfield back on the national passenger network after an absence of thirty-two years.

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Oral History Workshop as part of the Heritage Lottery funded ‘Steaming Back to Kirkby’ heritage project. 

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Colin Hyde from the East Midlands Oral History Archive presenting at the ‘Steaming Back to Kirkby’ Oral History workshop. 

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‘Steaming Back to Kirkby’ steering group members and volunteers recording oral testimony on a Kirkby-in-Ashfield railway heritage walk in October 2022.