Sound and vision blog

25 March 2011

Oral history at the Architectural Association

Elspeth Millar, Oral History Archive Assistant, writes:

Interviews from a number of the oral history collections are currently featuring in an exhibition at the Architectural Association in London, ‘AA Archives: Projects, Personalities & Publics’, which celebrates the history of the school and association.  The exhibition uses textual records, drawings, models, photographs and archival artefacts from the AA Archive.  In order to represent the 'student voice' the exhibition organisers also sought out oral history material from the British Library and have included a number of recordings from the Architects’ Lives, Artists’ Lives and the Andrew Saint Recordings, which detail student life from the 1930s - 1950s.

Some of the recordings used in the exhibition were identified using the ASR website.  Edward Bottoms, the Architectural Association archivist says “Key to including these oral history interviews in our exhibition has been the availability of a large number of recordings online – this has enabled research to be carried out efficiently and allowed our geographically dispersed staff to access, download, listen and then make decisions collaboratively.”  The exhibition unfortunately closes tomorrow (26th March) so try to make it along if you can!

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