Newcastle Oral History Unit Podcast

Bringing you research from the Newcastle Oral History Unit. Episodes will feature project interviews that we've conducted, and conversations with renowned international oral historians.

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Friday Feb 05, 2021

To mark the 40th anniversary of the 'wave' of factory occupations launched by women workers in Scotland, Andy Clark launches a new podcast series discussing his research. In this episode, we hear from workers involved in the Lee Jeans sit-in, which took place in Greenock. See 

Tuesday Nov 10, 2020

In this episode, historian of modern Ireland and Britain, Jack Hepworth, discusses his research interviewing Irish republican ex-prisoners.
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Tuesday Oct 06, 2020

This episode features a conversation between Graham Smith and Wendy Rickard. Wendy is a renowned oral historian who has worked on a number of 'taboo' and difficult subjects, including sex work and the ongoing relationship between interviewer and interviewees.
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Tuesday May 19, 2020

Mary Stewart is Curator of Oral History and Deputy Director of National Life Stories at the British Library. In this podcast, she discusses the family history that contributed to her Masters Thesis, how she came to work with the British Library, the process of archiving, and the practicalities of managing the British Library Oral History collection. For more info, visit our website.

Tuesday May 05, 2020

In the first remote conversation in the series, Andy Clark speaks with housing activist and oral historian Fred Burrill. They discuss the practicalities of doing oral history during lockdown, the relationship between activism and research, and the ethics of co-production. See here for more info:

Wednesday Apr 29, 2020

Steve Humphries is an oral historian and film maker. He has produced over 100 factual programmes, including 'Sex in a Cold Climate', an expose of nuns’ abuse of women in Irish Magdalene Homes, 1930s-60s, which inspired Peter Mullen’s multi-award winning film The Magdalene Sisters. You can find out more about Steve's work, and read his rules for intimate interviews at

Tuesday Apr 21, 2020

This episode features a roundtable conversation with Professor Paula Hamilton of the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. Paula is an internationally recognised oral and public historian and visited us in 2019. In this episode, she discusses her work on international memory and how she began to recognise the importance of sense in interviews. For more information on the materials discussed in the podcast, visit

Thursday Apr 09, 2020

In this episode, Andy Clark discusses his project on the Wartime apprenticeship scheme at the Sigmund Pumps Factory in Gateshead. We hear the narratives collected with former apprentices, discussing their memories and reflections of the training, considering the importance ascribed to the 'modern' scheme through their working lives.

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