Explore importance of oral history in new course

Posted on 15th March 2022



Veteran’s charity the Legasee Educational Trust is joining forces with Portsmouth University to create a new short course which will look at the growing importance of oral history in the study of the nation’s rich maritime past.

Developed in conjunction with the University’s MA in Naval History, the course will explore the growing importance of oral history – in this case the filmed accounts of former mariners – in the interpretation and representation of the past.

Students of the module will gain enhanced skills in the evaluation and critical analysis of interviews relevant to maritime, naval and coastal histories – from the maritime recollections of veterans in conflict to accounts of ordinary life ashore in port communities.

Matt Heaslip, Course Director, Portsmouth said:

“Building on the success of Portsmouth's MA in Naval History, the course explores the growing importance of recorded accounts in the interpretation and representation of the past, exploring a range of coastal, maritime, and naval themes. Working with Legasee the course will demonstrate the unique value of oral histories in educational, media, heritage, and research settings.”

Martin Bisiker, Founder & Trustee of the Legasee Educational Trust, said:

“Legasee’s extensive oral history archive is a wonderful resource for people hoping to get a better understanding of both active service and ordinary life in the armed services.  We are delighted to be working with Portsmouth University to raise awareness of the importance of oral history in our interpretation of the past and our appreciation of the value of personal wartime sacrifice.”

Legasee is a team of volunteer film makers, writers, designers and storytellers who are passionate about capturing British military history through the personal recollections of the men and women who witnessed it first-hand. They provide students, teachers and researchers with unique access to a hi-definition video archive of interviews with military veterans from 1939 to the present day.

The course runs for eight weeks, starting on April 11.

For more information, visit https://www.port.ac.uk/study/short-courses-and-cpd/maritime-recollections 

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