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life histories
Members of the Life History Research Group are involved in a range of projects concerned with the collection, analysis and representation of life history data. Interdisciplinary projects have been both internally and externally funded, and several have involved students as researchers and collaboration with community-based organisations.

The group represents life history material via a range of outputs, including academic papers, books, seminars and workshops, film scripts, documentary films, web design, and digital archives. Its work is linked with the new MA in Life History Research, and it continues to explore further connections between teaching and research and new ways of working with community groups.

Current projects:
Care Stories: oral history project documenting the experiences of young people leaving care, in partnership with the Tavistock Portman NHS Trust, and Haringey Social Services (funded by Higher Education Active Community Fund and the Tavistock Portman NHS Trust)
Refugee Community Histories Project: oral history project documenting the contribution of refugee communities to the culture and economy of London since 1951, in partnership with Museum of London and Evelyn Oldfield Unit (funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund).
Eastender Archive Project: development of digital archive of Paul Trevor's photographs documenting the East End of London over thirty years, with Paul Trevor and the Photography and the Time-based Media Research Group (funded by the departmental Research Capability Fund).

Previous projects:
My Story: project with the Department of Applied Social Studies to collect oral histories of elderly people living in Camden, integrated into Camden Council's older peoples' web portal (funded by Higher Education Active Community Fund, 2003)
Talking about homelessness: a two-stage oral history project involving students doing volunteer work with and interviewing local homeless people (funded by the Kings Fund, 2000/1)

Convenor: Jenny Harding

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7320 1961
Email: j.harding@londonmet.ac.uk

Lucy Bland (Department of Humanities, Arts and Languages)
Mo Dodson
Elaine Pierson

Associate Member:
Dipti Bhagat


London Metropolitan University