ABSTRACT

Oral evidence is both a platform for documentary research, and a stimulus for reflection it. The value of the sort of resource hits home when a stalwart informant dies. The writing and experience of Ronald Blythe, George Ewart Evans and others, many local historians set off to record the self-told stories of older people. Stephen Caunce in the present series, entitled Oral History and the Local Historian, gives fine examples of texts derived from tape-recorded interview material. He describes many details of method for recording oral histories. Research interpersonal contact to and keep contact. Visits to undertaken and, indeed, friendships created. The loss of what squalid eighteenth-century courts, the memory of the, small-paned windows, below lintels of handmade brick, remained vividly alive. Preparation means own mind the subjects you intend to pursue, and starter questions going to pose. The knock on the door, list of topics and the starter questions about the, conveniently written in a large format notebook.