Bishopsgate Voices is an oral history project organised by Bishopsgate Library to collect and record oral and photographic memories from those who have lived or worked in the Bishopsgate and Spitalfields areas of East London. Since 2007, staff and volunteers working on Bishopsgate Voices have gathered more than 100 oral history interviews. To celebrate reaching this project milestone, an audio CD featuring clips from the interviews and a booklet designed by professionals at Gensler design was launched at a well-attended public event in our library on 19 March 2014. Copies of the CD are now available to buy at the library desk or online.
Bishopsgate Voices is not seeking oral history interviewees at present but if you have lived or worked in the City or East End of London and would be willing to share your memories of these areas, please contact Library and Archives Manager Stefan Dickers on 020 7392 9270. Otherwise email firstname.lastname@example.org Stefan will add your name to the Bishopsgate Voices waiting list and you will be contacted when the project is once more active.
In the meantime, why not visit the library to listen to some of the Bishopsgate Voices interviews? These recordings contain unique first-hand testimony from men and women from a wide variety of backgrounds but sharing one thing in common, their connection to – and, invariably, their affection for – the local area.