Chernobyl Memories in TV Series

“Chernobyl” is not an easy show to watch. Nor should it be. The 1986 explosion at Chernobyl in present-day Ukraine was the worst nuclear accident to date, which killed hundreds of thousands and still affects millions more. But HBO’s five-part miniseries is hard to watch for reasons beyond those harrowing facts and graphic images of the immediate effect of radiation on the Chernobyl plant workers and first responders, the omnipresent column of black smoke belching from the reactor’s core, or even eerie footage of the residents of the nearby factory town of Pripyat, gathered convivially to watch the fire burn while their children chase radioactive ash like snowflakes.” Full story click here.

Irish history and memory

“They were out in the streets of Derry during Holy Week this year, as locals from the city’s Creggan neighborhood hurled petrol bombs at the police and hijacked their vehicles. The police were searching homes for weapons and explosives, for they had reason to believe a terrorist attack of some sort was imminent. ” Book review for Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe. Read full review here.

Feedback for OHA Journal

Want to have a say in in the future direction of the Oral History Australia Journal? The new editors of the Journal, Skye Krichauff (University of Adelaide) and Carla Pascoe Leahy (University of Melbourne) today released some of their plans for the journal. They are keen to hear suggestions, submissions and queries from oral historians interested in contributing to the journal. For more information click here.

Do you remember the moon landing?

Do you remember the Apollo mission? Or do you have family members or friends with memories of the Apollo era? Then you can contribute your stories to a new NASA project. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the historic moon landing which happened on July 20, 1969, and was one of the most important days in living memory of space exploration. To celebrate this anniversary, NASA is launching an audio project called Apollo Stories which invites the public to submit their memories about where they were when the moon landing happened, what impact the moon landing had on them, and what else they remember about that time. For full story click here.

Bill Bunbury in Busselton

“Oral history groups from around the South-West met in Busselton on Friday for the first time since 1995 and were treated to a presentation from former ABC broadcaster and historian Bill Bunbury. Mr Bunbury played snippets of interviews he conducted during the preparation of his book Invisible Country and discussed the importance of belonging to land.” For full story click here.

Geo locative audio storytelling

” As digital technology enables us to move in and out of audio on location, producers and artists are responding to the new ‘storied space’ in a variety of ways. Join Hamish Sewell, independent audio storyteller, podcaster and founder of the geo locative project, Soundtrails (, as he discusses his latest study trip to the UK. Here he explored some leading geo locative projects and met with leaders in the field. From ‘experience designers’ to slow journalism to ambient literature: Hamish will discuss his findings, the current trends, opportunities and roadblocks in this new and exciting field.” To find out more, click here.

Update – The Snowy: A History

Associate Professor Siobhan McHugh launches updated edition of award-winning book. A University of Wollongong (UOW) academic has shone a new spotlight on the evolution of the Snowy Mountains HydroElectric Scheme, which this year celebrates the 70th anniversary of when work first began on this momentous project, hailed as one of the world’s engineering marvels. For full story, click here.

Using oral history archives

“The Southern Oral History Program is guided by the philosophy that “you don’t have to be famous for your life to be history.” Since 1973, it has collected 6,000 interviews that document the American South.” The program has a competition for people who use the archived oral histories and bring them into the present. Perhaps we could do that here. Read the full story and listen to an interview with the winners of the competition here.