British oral histories document rural life in late 19th/early 20th cen


2 Responses to “British oral histories document rural life in late 19th/early 20th cen”

  1. dros says:

    Something to add to the box tricks. St Fagans open air museum in Cardiff keeps thousands of hours of Oral History in both Welsh and English. The web site is too text heavy but the media is well worth seeking out. This link is to the Saer folk song collection. He use to take a caravan and generator out to rural communities, together with Minwel Tibbott, recording recipes, ceremonies, work songs, and storytelling. My grandmother died when I was 2: through this archive, I was able to find and listen to her voice. She was telling stories about witches, rag and bone men and of course, my rambunctious grandpa. I am so grateful for the collection for this.

  2. coffeemoon says:

    There’s a remarkable collection of British dialects available at the British Library, of 821 dialect and accent recordings that were recorded during WWI from British POWs in German camps. The only copy of these shellac recordings survived in an Archive another war, and 60 years of being forgotten in storage.
    The motives by German authorities to collect these are somewhat dark, but as an historical document invaluable nontheless.

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