Oral History

If you would like help with any aspect of oral history, please get in touch. I am based in Worcestershire and work all over the West Midlands, South West and Wales. I have been recording oral history interviews and running oral history projects for 18 years, and can help with any of the following:

  • Starting up an oral history project
  • Advice on funding applications and equipment
  • Oral history training
  • Oral history editing
  • School oral history projects
  • Making personal or family recordings

Oral History Advice

As a West Midlands Regional Networker for the Oral History Society, I am happy to give advice on all aspects of oral history. Please feel free to contact me if you are planning or managing an oral history project.

Project Management

I have experience in managing oral history projects (large and small) and am also happy to take on any aspect of a project,  such as running workshops in schools or editing audio. I have extensive interviewing experience, having recorded more than 600 oral history interviews to date.

Case Study – Women from the Vale
Case Study – Our War

Oral History Training

I am an accredited trainer for the Oral History Society and run regular introduction to oral history courses and tailor-made courses for groups. Please contact me for details on different courses and costs or go to the Oral History Society Website www.ohs.org.uk.  I am also happy to organise workshops in schools (any age group from Y2 to Y13) and undergraduate courses or one-off lectures.

“Having undertaken a number of training sessions and a range of instruction in oral history, Julia’s workshop stands out as the most informative and enjoyable.”
Greig Campbell, In The Shadow of Elisabeth

Oral History Editing

I will happily turn your audio into extracts (for websites) or create a CD for you (ranging from very basic low cost options to far more complex with scripts, music, sound effects etc). Please contact me for some examples of my work or have a look at my Audio Production page.

Recording Personal Life Stories

Do you want a recording of a family member or cherished friend? I will happily make a recording for you or teach you how to do it yourself.

“I treasure the oral history recordings which Julia made with my father about his childhood in Brazil. It was a unique and wonderful Christmas present.”
Neil Mackintosh

Feedback meeting in Aust (3)
Case Study – Tales from the Vale
Case Study – St. Richard’s Voices


Letts Talk Oral History Projects:

  • South Gloucestershire Council – A Forgotten Landscape; Tales of the Vale (Oral History Project)
  • Aston Martin – A Century of Craftsmanship (Oral History Project)
  • Gurkha Stories – Secrets of the Gurkha Suitcase (School Resource)
  • Outstories, Bristol – Oral History training
  • Worcestershire County Council – Harvesting the Past and Generations Together (Oral History Projects)
  • St Richard’s Hospice – 30 Years of Memories (Oral History Project)
  • Witleys Oral History Group – Witley Voices (Audio Production)
  • University of Worcester – The Worcester Spirit (Oral History Project)
  • The National Trust – Training at Croome Court, Tyntesfield, Attingham Park, Newark Park, Dunham Massey
  • Worcestershire Wildlife Trust – Black Wood Audio Trail
  • Multistory, West Bromwich – Black Country Stories and ‘You just had to get on with it, didn’t you?’ (Book)
  • Worcester Commandery Museum –  Oral History of Littlebury Years
  • Worcester Porcelain Museum – The Workers’ Story (Oral History Project)
  • Worcestershire County Museum – Gypsy Wagons Audio Trail
  • WiNN Evesham – Women from the Vale Radio Plays
  • Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust – A People’s History – Oral History Project
  • Droitwich Spa Older People’s Forum and Library – Our War and Our Droitwich (Oral History Projects)
  • CAT – Centre for Alternative Technology (Training)
  • Splash TV  – DVD ‘We did our bit’, DVD National Trust’s Newark Park
  • Friends of Croome – Croome Voices (Oral History Project)
  • Bromsgrove Townscape Heritage Initiative –Bromsgrove People and Places (Oral History Project)
  • Worcester Young Archaeology Club – Northwick Heritage Trail
  • Llanwrtyd Heritage and Arts Centre – Oral History Project
  • Wolverhampton Art Gallery – Sensing Sculpture Gallery, The Making of Mordor Exhibition, Stowlawn,  Black Art Project
  • Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton – Counter Culture (Oral History and Theatre)
  • Project Pigeon  – Tales from the Fancy (Oral History Project)