07 January 2019

Were you at the College in the 1960s and willing to be interviewed?

Would you be willing to be interviewed for our archives?

By Development and Alumni Relations Team

Following the success of the 2017 and 2018 interviewing programme, students on the MA Public History programme hope to again interview former graduates of Royal Holloway College and Bedford College. This year we would like to expand our number of interviews from alumni who studied in the 1960s. Our original call out was two years ago and we are now looking for further volunteers.

As well as asking about College experiences, our postgraduates will undertake as full life histories as they can. They will therefore enquire about childhood and schooldays, and family and career after university. This will provide future researchers with a multitude of potential projects including historical studies of work or leisure or kinship, as well as how former students recall their education in relation to their lives.

The interviews will take place towards the end of the Spring term’s taught course in oral history. The course includes interviewing techniques, best research practice, and the ethical and legal responsibilities of interviewers. The students will be aware that after the recordings are complete, the interviews can only be archived with the interviewees’ agreement.

By being interviewed you will not only be helping a new generation of students, but you will be contributing to the College archives and to future historical research.  So, if you were you at the College in the 1960s, we would very much like to add you to our list of potential interviewees. Interviews will take place at the end of March and through the first three weeks of April 2019.

If you are interested in taking part, please contact either Dr Amy Tooth Murphy, Department of History, amy.toothmurphy@royalholloway.ac.uk (01784 443300) or Annabel Valentine, the College Archivist, annabel.valentine@royalholloway.ac.uk (01784 443814).