Thomas Lean, interviewer for Made in Britain, writes:
At the moment we're all pretty busy with developing Voices of Science, the new website for An Oral History of British Science, scheduled for completion next year. One of the things we've always hoped for is to make an archive that is easily accessible to all sorts of people from around the world who want to learn about the history of science in Britain, and we're all really excited by the prospect of Voices of Science. The shear volume of data we've collected has reached the point where it's quite intimidating, especially given the fact we've been recording for less than three years. So far we've recorded over 80 individuals, with more to come, a rather staggering total of over 800 hours so far. That's rather a lot of data for anyone, and helping people to get through it has always been one of our concerns - this is where Voices of Science comes in.
Based on the interviews from the project, the website will be more than just an entry way into the collection of interviews, but a history of British science in itself, told through the voices of the people involved. The website will be built around hundreds of short clips from the interviews, illustrating significant moments and big history of science themes, but also showing aspects of life as a scientist that people outside rarely get to see - hobbies, family life, interactions with colleagues, and day to day work in the lab. We're going to have more video interviews, and unique personal photographs from interviewees to illustrate their lives in science, as well as new ways of helping people navigate their way through the collection. After three years of stalking the land in search of 'victms' (as one or two of them have referred to themselves, hopefully in jest...) and hundreds of hours of sitting chatting to scientists and engineers as individuals, it's going to be really exciting seeing what the aggregate of this all is. More updates on Voices of Science as we get more done!