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Oral History and the Community: Applications and Interactions

Event Date

Saturday, 24 March 2012 - 10:30am - 5:00pm


One-day Conference

Hosted by
Drogheda Local Voices (Oral History Project) and
Drogheda Museum / Old Drogheda Society

Conference Centre, Drogheda Museum Millmount
Sat 24 March 2012 10.30am – 5pm

  • Keynote speaker : David (Doc) Rowe, Vice President, Oral History Society (UK)

Other speakers will include Dr. Maura Cronin of the Oral History Network of Ireland (OHNI)
and other prominent members of the network, including:-

  • Memories of work: using oral history interviews for labour history research
    Dr. Mary Muldowney, Centre for Contemporary History, Trinity College Dublin
  • Turning talk into history: an effort to overcome tape-in-the-drawer syndrome.
    Dr Ida Milne, Celbridge Historical Society, TCD Department of History and OHNI.

There will also be a special presentation by dramatist/director Louise Lowe (who has
pioneered site-specific drama based on community oral histories) and Upstate Theatre
Project ( who have used the oral history archives of Drogheda Local Voices
to develop theatrical works.

David R. (“Doc”) Rowe – legendary fieldworker, documenting English vernacular culture, both in
sound and vision, since the 1960s. He has worked with major pioneers in the field, like Charles
Parker (B.B.C. “Radio Ballads”) and Ewan McColl and has been director of many research projects,
including the London History Workshop Centre. His huge collection is now housed in its own archive
in Whitby. In 2002 Doc was awarded an honorary doctorate in music from University of Sheffield for
his research work into vernacular culture and traditional music.

Registration 10.30am Fee €15