Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research

Life stories in research: A Q-and-A drop-in with the CLHLWR

A 50-minute drop in session for anyone who is curious about how life stories can be used in research and engagement, followed by Mass Observation curators introducing their Covid-Diaries and 12 May initiatives.

Tuesday, 11 May 2021, 4-5.30 pm
Free, but booking essential (see Eventbrite link below)

Drop-in session with historians, oral historians, researchers and writers 

Brighton North Laine in Lockdown1 May 2020 by Alexandra LoskeBrighton North Laine in Lockdown1, May 2020. Photo: Alexandra Loske

Does biography belong in your analysis? Do you use personal material in critical-creative writing? Do you want to involve oral history interviews or archives in a community outreach or heritage project, or manage the ethics of testimony effectively? What about digital methods and life narration? We won’t be presenting but rather sharing questions, ideas, best practice and drawing on experiences of developing successfully-funded research projects, community partnerships and innovative creative practice across media and discipline.

Discussants include Professor Margaretta Jolly (Cultural Studies/history) and Dr Hope Wolf (English), Professor Lizzie Thynne, Dr Holly Price and Alison Ramsey (Film/Media Practice), Dr Alexandra Loske (Art History), Dr Jane Traies (Media, Sociology and public historian), Hannah Ludikhuijze (Doctoral student, English/Anthropology), Helena Aziz (Doctoral Student, Critical/Creative Writing), Dr Eleanor Careless (Digital Humanities/English), Professor Rachel Thomson (Education/Sociology/Digital Humanities).


Whose Covid Culture? Mass Observation curators introduce their Covid-Diaries and 12 May initiatives 

Social Distancing, CV_15, Mass Observation Archive, University of SussexSocial Distancing, CV_15, © Mass Observation Archive, University of Sussex

After a break we will follow with 30 minutes introduction to the legendary Mass Observation Archive, housed at The Keepas part of the University of Sussex's Special Collections. This will focus on what they are learning about tracking the pandemic through life-narrative based methods and the opportunity for you to donate your own ‘day-diary’ through the 12 May initiative.


This is a free event, but booking is essential. Reserve your ticket here: