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Warwick-based researchers are engaged in a range of projects which involve oral history, interviewing, life stories etc.

The OHN also provides assistance to oral history projects in the local community. This comes in the form of guidance with aspects of oral history practice such as ethics and interview technique, and the recruiting of student volunteers where appropriate.

You can explore some of these projects through the links below.

If you would like your project to be featured, or if you would like to chat about the assistance we can offer you, please email 

New Projects

The making of a 'psychedelic renaissance' in Britain

Himesh Mehta, PhD Candidate, History Dept.

My PhD thesis explores the twenty-first century 'renaissance' of neuroscientific, psychotherapeutic, and cultural interests in psychedelic drugs, with a focus on Britain. It explores how the eclectic community that makes up the psychedelic movement is caught up in a maelstrom of macro-structural and historical forces surrounding the growing influence of neuroscience and neoliberalism [...]

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Previous Projects

Race and riots in Thatcher's Britain

Dr. Simon Peplow, History Dept.

"Throughout my work, I undertake oral history interviews regarding the experiences and political activities/tactics of black communities in Britain. For instance, while the 1980s anti-police disturbances have been discussed and written about in some detail, such accounts have often overlooked the voices of those actually involved in various capacities [...]"

NGOs and migrants in North Central America

Erika Herrera Rosales, Sociology Dept.

"Drawing from semi-structured interviews with staff members and migrants and several NGOs’ documents, her research inquires into the roles and practices of humanitarian actors as well as those who are aided in the context of ‘coloniality’ [...]"

Then & Now: Arts at Warwick

Dr. Kathryn Woods, Director of Student Experience and Progression for the Faculty of Arts

"Through reflecting on the past of Arts at the University of Warwick, the project aims to inspire thinking about its future; especially as the Faculty prepares to move into the new Faculty of Arts Building in 2021. It also aims to create a sense of learning community across the Arts disciplines [...]"

Sustainable lives in scarred landscapes: heritage, environment, and violence in the China-Myanmar jade trade


Professor Mandy Sadan, Global Sustainable Development

"Our project seeks to document the everyday experiences of people involved with the jadeite trade from the mines to high-end jewellery designers and sellers in China to increase understanding of how the jadeite trade is implicated in the everyday domestic economy in ways that are not fully visible or understood by those who focus on managing extractive industry companies at a higher level [...]"

Drugs and (dis)order: building sustainable peacetime economies in the aftermath of war


Professor Mandy Sadan, Global Sustainable Development

"This is a large, multi-partner project led by Professor Jonathan Goodhand (SOAS University of London). It aims to improve understanding of how illicit drug economies are implicated in peacebuilding and development in three of the most significant drug-producing countries in the world: Colombia, Afghanistan and Myanmar."

Memories of Binley Colliery


Warwickshire Wildlife Trust/Dunsmore Living Landscape

"As part of their National Lottery Heritage Funded project, the team at the Dunsmore Living Landscape are undertaking oral history interviews with local residents to collect memories of the Binley Colliery. The colliery formerly occupied the site on which the Claybrookes Marsh nature reserve is now found [...]"


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