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The Benefits Of Oral History

Oral history involves the systematic recording and archiving of eye witness accounts of the past. The practice has many benefits including:

The provision a safe listening space for people to recount their experiences in their own words.

The creation of  opportunities for a diverse range people to share their experiences of the past for the benefit of future generations.

The making available and preservation of  a public archive for current and future generations so that accounts of the past are accessible to  a wide range of people to safeguard heritage.

Providing people with inspiration so for further research, creative writing and other endeavours.

Enhancing empathy and understanding across the generations.

Improving social cohesion through community engagement and participation.

For more on the benefits of oral history, visit the Heritage Fund, the Glasgow Women's Library and The University Of Leicester 

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