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Speaking archives! Sound recordings from our holdings.


Harry Wicks, veteran TrotskyistA veteran Trotskyist remembers: interviews with Harry Wicks

A stalwart of the left recalls his Battersea childhood, the General Strike, his experiences in the Soviet Union and with Trotsky in Copenhagen.

Richard CrossmanThe Minister speaks: the diaries of Richard Crossman

Tales of strife and exhiliration in government, musings on the universe and a meeting with influential Israelis, 1964-1970.

ey-o21-3a.jpgSocial workers speak out

Twenty-six interviews with the pioneers of a profession.

Pentonville Five poster. Erroneously dated June 1972.Five men, six days: Pentonville voices

Memories of when workers rose up in support of five imprisoned London dockers (includes swearing).

CassetteWorking for health: the carers' view

Health workers reflect on their role through sixty years.

MS clip art cassetteWomen at work

Insights into female employment.

MS clip art cassetteMaking motors

Stories from the vehicle industry.

Childline linkThirty years of ChildLine

Reflections by Dame Esther Rantzen and others on the work of the children's helpline.

Catalogue links

Click on the links below to find catalogue descriptions of various types of sound recording in our holdings:

Most of the recordings are on vunerable formats such as cassette tapes.

In 2011 we began the long process of digitising them in order to preserve them and make them more accessible.

You can listen to the digitised recordings direct from the catalogue.