“History is much more than just books in a library; it’s also people’s lives and experiences.” Witness is a student-led oral history project that aims to preserve the voices and stories of the people of Sheffield and to create an oral history archive for future historical research.
On Friday 4 October, the Witness Oral History project celebrated its second year, and started its third. Interested members of the public came along to Jessop West foyer to meet the History students who took part last year, and those who are volunteering this year on this student-led scheme. Around 40 interviews are now available online, concentrating on Sheffield in the 1980s and Sheffield during the Second World War, together with some preliminary analysis of particular themes carried out by the students. More interviews will be added in the coming year, creating a valuable resource for future historians. In 2013-14, the students hope to work alongside a community project in Walkley as well as continuing with their Second World War theme.
For more information, visit www.witness.group.shef.ac.uk