The Oral History Company

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Dormant Mode

Due to time pressures and other commitments, the voluntary core staff of the OHC are unable to put the required time in to push the project along. We will still be available via the contact form should you need help or advice. We expect to be re-launching with new projects and archives in 2014. Best wishes one and all!

Display fixed

The links to the maps and sound files for the Riboud archive have now been repaired. Things should be operating normally now. Thanks for your patience.

Display problems

The Soundcloud files are now fixed, but the location maps in the Riboud collection are still not displaying in various browsers (including Chrome). We are looking into this, and will resolve t as soon as we can.

Browser/Display Problems

The recent upgrade of WordPress has resulted in some browsers (particularly Chrome) not displaying the Soundcloud files or Google maps on the archive sections. we apologise for this as we await a further update to resolve the issue. If you are experiencing difficulties in the meantime – you can access the Riboud audio here: and the City Varieties material here:

Leeds City Varieties Archive

We have now completed the City Varieties Archive of oral history interviews carried out during 2010-2011. Simon Bradley (Oral historian) and Rachel Moyise (Learning Manager, Leeds Grand Theatre) met with community groups, staff, Friends of the City Varieties Music Hall and volunteers to record peoples’ memories and stories of this much loved theatre. This project was made possible by the kind support of Wades Charity.

Changes afoot

The Oral History Company is about to undergo major changes, enabling a dedicated group of freelancers to work together without the limitations of the Community Interest Company structure. More news shortly.

In the meantime, we have completed our rescue work on the Marc Riboud archive – please visit it here and let us know what you think. This will be the basic format for all our future archives as we gain momentum in the coming months.

We have also resurrected Leeds City Council’s ‘Sonic City’ oral history archive. This is preserved as it was when Sonic came to the end of its funding – we hope to maintain it for many years to come! See Sonic here

Happy New Year to one and all!


The company is taking longer to set up than we anticipated, but things are moving slowly forwards! Read the rest of this entry »

New website

As you can see, our website is now up and running, we hope you like it. Over the coming weeks we’ll be adding loads of exciting projects and ideas. You’ll be able to keep track of all developments here! In the meantime, do get in touch if you have any ideas for future projects. We’re always interested in discussing new possibilities.