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Falklands Conflict

“On 2 April 1982, Argentinian forces invaded the Falkland Islands, a British overseas territory located more than 8,000 miles from the UK. Just three days later on 5 April, the first ships of a combined British task force set sail in response. Not all of the ships that sailed south were part of the Royal Navy however. Merchant ships including cargo vessels, tankers and cruise liners were requisitioned to support the operation.” See the website with interviews here.

Partition Drama

“Marking the seventy-fifth anniversary of the tumultuous event, ‘Silence’ uses Kavita Puri’s book, ‘Partition Voices: Untold British Stories’ as source material, with writers Sonali Bhattacharyya, Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti, Ishy Din and Alexandra Wood putting together a collection of performances of eyewitness testimonies from interview subjects born under the British Raj.” Read full story here. You can listen to the interviews on which this play is based here.

Conversations with Aboriginal Elders

“Aboriginal singer-songwriter Phil Walley-Stack recorded his final conversation with his grandmother, Aunty Theresa Walley, just days before her death. Phil says it was a great privilege to be able to preserve the conversation for posterity. “It’s a beautiful moment of us being together,” he says. It is one of nine conversations Phil has recorded with Noongar Elders living in Perth, or Boorloo as it is known in Noongar, for the series of podcasts.” Full story here but the link at the end doesn’t work. Please note the correct link is here then scroll down to find the interviews.

Human Genome Project

In September 2008, the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) was experiencing a seismic change. After 15 years as the institute director, Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., had made the decision to depart NHGRI. As he was cleaning out his office, he wondered what he should do with his large collection of files. Collins had collected and organized countless pages of rich historical documents from one of the most important undertakings in science, the Human Genome Project, as well as a series of major genomics initiatives that immediately followed. As one of the project’s major leaders, his files contained key insights about the early days of the genomics field. Read full story here. See the video oral histories here.

Badja Forest Bushfire Disaster

A major project to record the voices of those affected by the devastating Badja Forest bushfire has already resonated with people who felt their stories from the disaster still hadn’t been heard. The National Library of Australia (NLA) is working with the Cobargo Bushfire Resilience Centre (CBRC) and the local community to create an oral history project to tell the stories of those who were affected by the fire. Read more here.

Martha’s Vineyard Project

“At the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, history speaks in every room. Through panel texts, recordings and videos, the voices of long-gone Islanders still testify to an earlier way of life, and help shed light on what it means to be from the Vineyard. Farmers and fishermen, boat builders and teachers, Wampanoag and African American elders and the families of the Island’s earliest Jewish immigrants are among the more than 1,000 people interviewed over 40-plus years by the museum’s oral historian, Linsey Lee.” See full story here.

COVID in Illinois, USA

“When the COVID-19 pandemic shut down much of life as we know it in early 2020, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum got to work on an oral history project intended to capture Illinoisans’ in-the-moment recollections of the tumult. Led by oral historian Amanda Riggenbach, the Tumultuous 2020 project was designed to collect dozens of interviews recounting the time’s tragic, inspiration and humorous stories.” Read full story here which includes a link to these and other Illinois oral histories here.

Chinese and Fijian Australians Project

“Families with Chinese ethnicity or Fijian heritage are invited to share their personal experiences to ensure Australia’s vibrant, diverse and continually evolving cultures are preserved for future generations. The National Library of Australia is looking to expand its Chinese Australian and Fijian Australian collections and wants to hear how different migrant communities have made our country richer for their contributions.” Find out more here.