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  nearly 20 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. I am also a key member of the OHS oral history in schools group and have extensive experience of working with children and developing school resources. Please have a look at the schools page for further information.

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 700 oral history interviews to date on a very wide range of subjects.

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 Clients and Projects:

  • Worcestershire Wildlife Trust – Blackhouse Wood (audio trail), 50th Anniversary (oral history project) and Forgotten Floodplains; Meadows Remembered
  • South Gloucester Council – A Forgotten LandscapeTales of the Vale (volunteer-led oral history project, publication, exhibition)
  •  University of Worcester – The Worcester Spirit (oral history project)
  • Wolverhampton Art Gallery – Interviewing and audio production for exhibitions; Sensing Sculpture, The Making of Mordor, Stowlawn, Black Art
  • St Richard’s Hospice, Worcester30 Years of Memories (oral history project)
  •  The National Trust – Various including audio production at Croome Court, training at Tyntesfield, Attingham Park, Dunham Massey, Barrington Court, video production at Newark Park
  •  Multistory, West Bromwich – Black Country Stories Oral History Project and Sandwell’s oral history publication ‘You just had to get on with it’
  • Aston Martin – A Century of Craftsmanship (interviewing and editing training)
  • Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust, Bristol – A People’s History (training and editing)
  • Gurkha Stories – Secrets of the Gurkha Suitcase (school resource based on oral history)
  •  Splash TV  – ‘We did our bit’ (video oral history of WW2 veterans)
  • Worcestershire County Council  Before the Hive (audio production), Harvesting the Past (oral history project and theatre production), Generations Together (intergenerational school project), Sharing the Past (audio reminiscence box)
  •  Witleys Oral History Group – Witley Voices (audio production)
  • Worcester Porcelain Museum – The Workers’ Story (oral history project)
  • Worcestershire County Museum – Gypsy Wagons Audio Trail
  •  WiNN Evesham – Women from the Vale (oral history project and 10 radio plays)
  •  Droitwich Spa Older People’s Forum and Library – Our War and Our Droitwich (oral history projects)
  •  CAT – Centre for Alternative Technology (Training)
  •  Bromsgrove Townscape Heritage Initiative Bromsgrove People and Places (audio production)
  •  Llanwrtyd Heritage and Arts Centre – Oral History Project (training and editing)
  •  Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton – Counter Culture (training and theatre)
  • Project Pigeon, Birmingham  – Tales from the Fancy (oral history project)