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29 June 2017

Dr Sally Horrocks wins Research Impact Award

We are delighted to announce that Dr Sally Horrocks has been jointly awarded the University of Leicester’s Research Impact Award for Best Public Engagement for her role as senior academic advisor on the National Life Stories projects An Oral History of British Science (OHBS) and An Oral History of the Electricity Supply Industry in the UK (OHESI).

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Dr Sally Horrocks receives the award from Samira Ahmed (image copyright University of Leicester, created by Osborne Hollis Photography)

Dr Horrocks, a Lecturer in Modern British History, has helped to shape these projects, enabling OHBS to collect 114 audio interviews along with 33 interviews on science and religion and 19 video interviews shot on location. Comprising over 1,200 hours of material, this is the largest collection of life story interviews with scientists in Europe. Over 90 of the interviews can be listened to in full online at British Library Sounds.

OHESI comprises 56 audio interviews, video interviews at 3 locations and over 530 hours of material. It is the only major collection dedicated to the industry worldwide. Over 40 of the interviews can be listened to in full online at British Library Sounds.

Together these recordings are a unique addition to the national collection and represent a significant cultural asset, now and in the future.

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Dr Sally Horrocks and Dr Paul Merchant, Oral History Interviewer (image copyright University of Leicester, created by Osborne Hollis Photography)

You can find out more about the British Library’s oral histories of science and industry at our online collection guides, and you can play audio and video clips from an Oral History of British Science at the Voices of Science website.

Dr Emma Parker, Associate Professor of Post War and Contemporary Literature, shared the award for her work on the Joe Orton 50 Years On project.