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Oral History Collections

Recordings of BBC Radio Oxford programmes and other field recordings.

BBC Radio Oxford

BBC Radio Oxford was founded in 1970 and the recordings in this collection demonstrate the radio station's wide-ranging output.

You can download below lists of programmes from the most significant radio series.

Download the Memories of St Giles' Fair, Oxford (.mp3 format, 445 Kb, 0m 45s) made by Mrs Mabel Cooper of Summertown, recorded as part of Radio Oxford's Someone in Particular series, 1970.

St Giles' Fair , Oxford
Radio Oxford series File Type File Size

Countrywise

The countryside, natural history and the environment

Word Document (.doc) 146 kb

Hello

Interviews with local people from many Oxfordshire communities in the 1970s and 1980s

Word Document (.doc) 192 kb

People and Places

Interviews with local people from many Oxfordshire communities in the 1970s and 1980s

Word Document (.doc) 305 kb

Linger awhile

Memories of Oxford and Oxfordshire before 1939

Word Document (.doc) 333 kb

Someone in Particular

Interviews with local and national celebrities in the 1970s and 1980s

Word Document (.doc) 142 kb

My Choice

Interviews with local and national celebrities in the 1970s and 1980s

Word Document (.doc) 217 kb

Car Makers

History of the Oxford motor industry

Word Document (.doc) 28 kb

Brass bound

Local brass bands

Word Document (.doc) 57 kb

Oral history field recordings

These recordings, made since the 1960s, cover a huge range of topics - working lives, childhood, shopping, recreation, the Second World War, home life, transport, and many others.

Wilkins Road, Cowley, Oxford, fancy dress
Field recordings series File Type File Size

Abingdon

Interviews with residents, 2000-04

Word Document (.doc) 147 kb

Caribbean focus

African-Caribbean people remember their early years in Oxford

Word Document (.doc) 21 kb

Farming lives past and present

Interviews with Oxfordshire farmers, 2002-03

Word Document (.doc) 64 kb

Grimsbury

Interviews with residents, 1994-95

Word Document (.doc) 66 kb

Kidlington

Interviews with residents, 1995-2002

Word Document (.doc) 104 kb

M40 motorway

Building the motorway through North Oxfordshire, 1989-91

Word Document (.doc) 23 kb

Oxford childhood

Interviews (1972-73) with Oxford people who had grown up in the early 20th century

Word Document (.doc) 66 kb

West Oxford

Interviews with residents and people who had worked in the area, 1998

Word Document (.doc) 64 kb