Oral Histories

There are almost 400 recordings in the Brent Museum and Archives oral history collection. About half of the recordings were made as part of individual project often to fill a gap in the collection. Other recordings have been made on a more ad hoc basis. They are all catalogued under the collection “OH”.
The recordings cover a variety of different topics relating to living and working in Brent form the 1920s to present day. The oldest recordings in the collection are lectures made in Brent Libraries in the 1950s and we also have an interesting collection of Brent in Sound recordings which appears to be a magazine and news type recoding for Brent residents who were blind or partially sighted.

The oral histories can be accessed by making an appointment with the Archive Search Room. A small number of the oral histories cannot be accessed due to damage or formats which can no longer be played.
About half of the oral histories are transcribed. We are always looking for volunteers to assist with transcribing oral histories. This type of volunteering can take place remotely through the internet by people based all over the world. If you think this might be something you would be interest in please contact us for more information.