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Book Oral History on longlist of the first edition Prijs voor het Belangrijkste Boek

The book Oral History – The People and Their Stories by our steering committee member Selma Leydesdorff (historian and emeritus professor at the University of Amsterdam) is on the longlist of the most important (non-fiction) books of 2021! A beautiful and deserved nomination!   The longlist of the Prize for …

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Unique oral history teaching materials in development

Erfgoed Gelderland is developing unique oral history teaching materials in collaboration with the Gelderland War Museums, the University of Applied Sciences Arnhem Nijmegen and various vocational schools in Gelderland. The teaching materials are part of the project ‘Freedom and Citizenship’ and consist of five short films intended for vocational schools. …

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Bosnians and Iraqis on freedom and remembrance

In cooperation with the National Committee 4 and 5 May, the BMP Foundation conducted a study in 2020 on how Bosnians and Iraqis in the Netherlands experience freedom, unfreedom and commemoration. Forty Bosnians and Iraqis who fled to the Netherlands in the 1990s concluded that we must continue to work …

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The Fifties

Oral history meets visual history 7,8 and 13 May 2022   By and from Amsterdam elderly people about the fifties in Amsterdam. The Fifties is the final part of a trilogy. The first performance Brand in Mokum was made by Loes Hegger with Amsterdam elderly people in 2019. The second …

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Impression second workshop Oral History and Heritage

On Friday 15 April, the Rijksdienst voor Cultureel Erfgoed (Cultural Heritage Agency) in cooperation with ‘Sprekende geschiedenis’ organised the second workshop on ‘Oral History and Heritage’ in Amersfoort. The workshop was about the technical aspects of oral history and about dreamlike public presentations.   The workshop began with a brief …

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Call for Flemish collections and oral history projects

The ‘Sprekende geschiedenis’ Hub does not only focus on the Netherlands, but also on collections and projects from Flanders. That’s the task of our colleague Sofie Heyens, a Flemish Open University cultural studies student who is doing an internship with the Oral History Hub. She’s mapping out which museums, libraries, …

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‘Ooit zal ik iemand zijn’ by Jan Bleyen

For ‘One day I will be somebody’, historian Jan Bleyen listened to the experiences of Manso, his former student of Dutch: how he left Sierra Leone as a boy, became a man and has been living in Belgium for ten years, without papers.   ‘Every time someone helps you, it …

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Review of the “Sprekende geschiedenis” kick-off meeting

  On 28 January, the Kick-off meeting of the Oral History Hub ‘Sprekende geschiedenis’ took place at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision. Experts from various disciplines discussed the current state of oral history in the Netherlands, their future expectations and desirable developments in this area.   The BMP …

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Review of first Oral History and Heritage workshop

  On Friday 18 March, the Cultural Heritage Agency in cooperation with the “Sprekende geschiedenis” Hub organised the first workshop on ‘Oral History and Heritage’ in Amersfoort. The workshop provided great examples and valuable insights.   Oral history and heritage A group of about 25 people first received a short …

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Oral history research for the Smuggling Museum

Are you looking for a volunteer job in your neighbourhood or can you use some help finding new volunteers? Erfgoedvrijwilliger.nl is the place for volunteers and volunteer organizations in the heritage sector.   On the website there are several vacancies for volunteers, by province or type of work. For example, …

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Freedom is a big concept

The situation in Ukraine has not left anyone unmoved. There are many questions, uncertainties, expressions of support and actions to help. The harrowing situation reminds us of the war in the former Yugoslavia. As part of the ‘Unprecedentedly Special’ project, a whole series of oral history interviews were held with …

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Workshop series ‘Oral history and heritage’

How can you use oral history as a method to carefully record people’s life stories and testimonies about historical events? What is its added value for the heritage sector? These questions are the subject of the workshop series ‘Oral history and heritage’ on Friday 18 March and 15 April, organised …

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Introductory Oral History Course – start 17 February

The Oral History Introduction Course introduces you to the basics of oral history. You will also be given literature and examples to work on. Between meetings, you’ll work on small assignments alone or in pairs.   The course will deal with subjects such as: What is oral history? What can …

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Kick-off meeting Sprekende geschiedenis 28 januari 2022

      On 28 January, the Kick-off meeting of the Oral History Hub “Sprekende geschiedenis” took place.  This Kick-off meeting was organised to:   Marking the start of the hub Announcing the programme of the hub Hearing from the oral history community in the Netherlands about their expectations of …

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Online instruction session for volunteers

“Sprekende geschiedenis” wants to make a link between different oral history collections. The aim is to make interviews searchable by the meaning that people give to the concept of freedom.   In order to make this content link, volunteers will work on analysing a total of around 200 interviews and …

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Volunteers are needed for analysing oral history interviews

Sprekende geschiedenis has taken the initiative to link different oral history collections around the concept of freedom. The idea is that interviews from the collections of the NIOD, the Netherlands Veterans Institute, the Ongekend Bijzonder project and an interview collection in The Hague, which has yet to be determined, will …

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Digital transfer interviews Storia de Nhas Pais

The University of Leiden and Stichting Rotterdam Vertelt will transfer the collection of interviews to the Stadsarchief Rotterdam in a zoom meeting on Friday 26 November from 4 to 5 pm. The collection was created as part of the oral history project Storia de Nhas Pais (The story of my …

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Markante Bommelaars – exhibition / book presentation

Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 November is the exhibition of the photos of Markante Bommelaars from 12.00 till 18.00 hours The book launch is on Sunday 7 November at 14.00 hrs.   Gasthuiskapel Gasthuisstraat 34 5301 CC Zaltbommel    

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GERSE women – expo 5 nov – 4 dec 2021

What exactly is the history of the Rotterdam women’s movement and what has it achieved in the past decades? That will be the subject of the exhibition ‘Gerse vrouwen’ at gallery and heritage lab DIG IT UP. If you want to participate, you can now register for an Oral History …

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Book launch De mensen en hun verhalen

In connection with her book Oral History: The People and Their Stories, Leydesdorff will talk to various experts about a field that has grown in recent decades into an internationally recognised form of historiography.   The stream of the book’s presentation on 27 October 2021 can be viewed here: SPUI25.NL/PROGRAMMA/DE-MENSEN-EN-HUN-VERHALEN

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