Record History, then Podcast (or videoblog) it

[updated] It’s a growing trend to plan to deliver projects as podcasts. From Florida to Scotland: Univeristy of West Florida will podcast history of Pensacola’s black community from interviews conducted with video. From Scotland comes news of a plan to record recollections of classmates of author Dame Muriel Spark, an alum of James Gillespie’s High School. (The school was the basis for Spark’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.) They plan to make the histories available as podcasts.

I’m seeing a trend here in the news stories that show up about oral history projects. First the one from Edinburgh, and then the one from Florida. Both of these are projects in early stages—proposal and interviewing. I suspect that we’ll see more oral history projects that are conceived as having a “deliver it on the web” element to it. (I have a query in to someone associated with the Florida project about their delivery methods. Since it’s being recorded on video, will these be converted to audio for audio podcasts, or videoblogs? I don’t know, I hope to find out.)

More on Florida:

The project brings together Pensacola’s African-American Heritage Society and West Florida Historic Preservation Inc. with public history graduate students Christy Hurt and Valerie Hollinger and 20 students in associate professor Patrick Moore’s African-American Community History class.

They will interview nearly 100 people and document the changes to more than 30 historical buildings in the Pensacola area.

“The African-American community here was so different from the African-American communities nationwide in the early part of the 19th century,” Hollinger said. “They were prosperous. Seventy-two percent of them owned their own homes. This project is trying to preserve those things.”

The students will videotape the interviews, and Hurt will edit the footage into a podcast that can be downloaded from the Internet and watched with iPods or burned onto CDs.

“The idea of podcasting is a relatively new thing,” Hurt said. “I think it will make UWF stand out.” [Read More]

More on Edinburgh:

Former classmates of Dame Muriel Spark will be able to share their memories of the great author on podcasts in an innovative project to record the history of her old school.

The James Gillespie’s Trust is planning to record pupil recollections on tape, as well as of those of Marchmont and Bruntsfield residents past and present for pupil and public access at a new school library.


Trustees hope to commission an oral historian to capture first-hand recollections of the area’s past.

Memories would be stored electronically for access in the school’s library and via podcasts on the internet. [Read More]

UPDATE: James Gillspie’s Trust has been in search of funding. They just got funded: £49,000.

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Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on August 09, 2006 in • AfterwardsOral history in the news
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