Sound and vision blog

21 August 2014

Oral history fellowship opportunity

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National Life Stories, the oral history charity based at the British Library, invites applications for the first National Life Stories Goodison Fellow, a new award of £5000 which invites applicants to use the oral history collections at the library (particularly the National Life Stories collections) to reflect on life stories and share the results of their research in the public domain.

Possible outcomes from the Fellowship could be a series of national newspaper or magazine articles, an in-depth radio programme or series of programmes, a mobile app, a journal article, an exhibition, a series of podcasts or an online or printed education resource.  The recipient might be a journalist, radio producer, writer, oral historian, an academic using oral history or a museum, library or archive professional.

The Fellowship will provide the recipient the time and space to listen in-depth to oral history material from across the collections.  The Fellow will be provided with desk space at the British Library, which will include access to interview material (plus books and journals) onsite at the British Library.  No restricted or embargoed material will be accessible.  For the duration of the Fellowship, the National Life Stories Goodison Fellow will become part of the NLS/Oral History team, which will enable privileged in-depth discussion with curators, archivists and interviewers, mining their knowledge of the collections and National Life Stories’ approach to oral history.

Further information can be found at www.bl.uk/nls-fellowship.

Applications must be submitted before 17.00 on Wednesday 1 October 2014 and submitted by email to nls@bl.uk

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