About this Archive
On the Record are a not-for-profit co-operative (registered as a Community Interest Company), co-founded by Laura Mitchison and Rosa Schling. The organisation specialises in oral history and community archiving projects. Funding is secured for each new project from external funders, for instance the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The organisation works as a co-operative, with each project relying on volunteers and participants to shape the outcome and aims. This collaborative approach means that everyone involved with a project plays an active role in recording the histories and making decisions about how the outputs are shared with others.
Scope and contentHolding the Baby was an oral history project by On The Record. It looked to collect stories of childcare and parenting, creating a podcast series and sound-based exhibition, as well as an oral history archive. Participants were recruited from London's East End and asked to reflect upon the care they received as children and gave as parents, carers and childcare workers.
Holding the Baby was funded by Gilda Street Trust in the memory of historian and author, Gilda O’Neill. The archive includes oral histories, digitised documents and recordings from events held in conjunction with the project.
3 digital folders, 1 box