The Special Collections and Archives hold an ever growing collection of oral histories. It’s a living collection, preserving the voices of London: personal histories and reflections from the 1940’s to the present day.
Bishopsgate Institute’s oral histories were captured initially as part of our unique ‘Bishopsgate Voices’ project. The collections have been expanded with interviews from partnership projects, and projects by external groups or individuals. Many of the interviews have transcripts.
These oral histories broadly sit within two key collecting areas: the everyday lives of Londoners, and grass roots protest and campaigning movements. The scope of the interviews is often wider, showing issues of national and international importance through the lens of a local and personal experience.
Constructing Post-War Britain
Sources of the Sacred
Occupy Oral History Project
2011 - 2012
Taken for Granted Oral History Project
We Weren't Expecting to Stay
1950 - 2014
Sounds from the Park
1905 - 2013
Swadhinata Trust Oral History Project
Temple of Mithras Oral History Project
Tape Letters Project