Eyewitnesses, Memory and Oral History

Radio National’s Hindsight had an excellent program this week.

Inga Clendinnen, Paul Thompson, Peter Read, Heather Goodall, Sean Field and Bonnie Smith took part in the program (podcast here) titled The Struggle of Memory Against Forgetting.

I thought the program explored very effectively the relationships between history and memory. I liked in particular the discussion of Alessandro Portelli’s work.

The themes raised in the program took me back to some of my early interest in the Life History of teachers prompted by Ivor Goodson’s work.

I started thinking too about my introduction to eyewitness testimony through Ian Franks’ writings.

Photo Credit

LSE student conducting interview in the East End, 1946

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