Centre for Visual and Oral History Research
The Centre for Visual and Oral History Research provides an institutional framework for a range of diverse projects which, because of the discipline’s distinctive nature, have a strong focus on elements of community engagement. Consequently impact provides a starting point for much of the research as interventions are made in the community which involve training participants and gathering empirical material mainly in the form of personal histories. The empirical archival sources which are generated then become the focus of research outputs which use oral testimony to inform key debates in social history ranging from issues such as ethnicity, social identity and work and leisure culture to the relationship between memory, identity and place. Current research is forming the basis of a number academic outputs which will also help further develop the Centre’s research strategy in relation to aspects of methodology.
The Centre is actively engaged in discussions to develop a number of new projects that will come under the umbrella title, Northern Voices. This will develop aspects of current research on subjects such as ethnic communities, sports and other cultural activities within Kirklees and also explore new areas of research such as music and the media. These are being developed within a long term strategy by the University to set up a major archive centre within the Institution.
As part of the Centre’s research environment staff are engaged in a series of seminars, talks and workshops to groups both within and outside the University. Centre staff are also committed to a programme of continuing professional development which is focused on postgraduate study at MA and PhD level.