Today, 25th November 2013, I spoke on BBC Radio Merseyside about my oral history project. I appeared on the Sean Styles morning show, where he talked about the youth clubs he went to and got his listeners to phone in with their own stories. I discussed the people I am looking to interview for my oral histories of youth clubs in Liverpool and also asked people if they had any photos of their time at youth clubs that they would share with me. For the next few days, you can listen again by following this link. My part is about an hour and ten minutes in.
The BBC iPlayer link will not work any more so I have removed it. I am hoping at some point to get the segment uploaded as an audio file on the blog, with full credit to BBC Merseyside of course.
My research looks at youth clubs between 1958 and 1985. One of the things I am really struggling with so far is to get a visual idea of what many of these youth clubs looked like. I have an inkling that they came in all shapes and sizes but to really get an idea I would like to ask anyone who has any photos if they would submit them so that I can build an online gallery of youth clubs. I would like pictures of interiors, exteriors, activities, trips, conferences, even buildings which used to be youth clubs but have now closed or turned into something else.
If you have any photos I would be really grateful if you could send them to firstname.lastname@example.org so I can begin my gallery, including any details you know about the photo (when taken, location etc.). I will also need permission to upload the photo on the blog, so if the photo belongs to someone else I will need to to know that too, so that I can ask them if I can use it.
I am looking for people to interview for my PhD research on youth clubs in South London (principally the present day boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham) and Liverpool between 1958 and c.1985. If you had anything to do with youth clubs in these places, at these times, I would like to invite you to participate in my research. I am interested in the memories and experiences of people around youth clubs. What were the clubs like? Who went to them? How were they run? What did young people think of their local youth clubs? How did the people who worked or volunteered in clubs see young people?
While my research focuses on voluntary youth clubs I would like to hear from people involved in local authority clubs and church-run clubs as well.
The people I am looking to talk to might have been:
youth club members
detached youth workers
members of management committees
If you think this might mean you and you may be willing to be interviewed you can find full details by downloading the Information Sheet. I can also arrange to call you to discuss the project. Making an enquiry does not commit you to an interview, but I sincerely hope you will consider sharing your experiences with me.
For further details of how to participate in the project, please contact: