Digital sound recorder and other accessories on the wooden table, credit: toxawww. Courtesy of Getty Images.

Listen...and enter into a world of memories. See...and watch how histories unfold.

This module introduces you to two of the most important kinds of non-textual primary sources which have revolutionised the study of history. These include the spoken word, oral testimony gathered by the historian to explore 'living history' face-to-face with people who created and lived through the past; and images - films, photographs, maps, paintings, cartoons, posters - anything which invites the viewer to look and engage. Conduct your own oral history project and create your own film; learn about the strengths and weaknesses of oral and visual sources as a means of investigating the past.

Topics covered by this module include:

  • Defining Oral History
  • The interviewer and ‘inter-subjectivity
  • Memory: lluminating the Illuminati of Oral History
  • Practical Oral History I: The interview process
  • Practical Oral History II: Before and after the interview
  • Case Studies: Britannia Royal Naval College and Plymouth LGBT Community Archive
  • Visual history as a method
  • Introducing Historical Film
  • Historical Film and the Historian
  • How to Make a Documentary Film