Oral History Research: illuminating the past

Hosted by the Department of Law

Shaw Library, 6th Floor, Old Building


Lesley Dingle

Lesley Dingle

Foreign & International Law Librarian, Squire Law Library, University of Cambridge

Dr Dvora Liberman

Dr Dvora Liberman

LSE Fellow, Department of Law, LSE

Mary Stewart

Mary Stewart

Curator, Oral History, and Deputy Director of National Life Stories


Professor Michael Lobban

Professor Michael Lobban

Professor of Legal History, Department of Law, LSE

Oral history research creates and interprets interviews about past experiences and events. A major contribution of oral history scholarship has been to redress neglected areas of knowledge; to record untold stories which would otherwise be lost to history; and to offer alternative historical accounts.

Join us for a discussion on the use of oral history in a range of research projects conducted by National Life Stories at the British Library; Eminent Scholars Archive, Cambridge University; and the LSE’s Legal Biography Project.

Lesley Dingle is the Foreign & International Law Librarian and Founder of the Eminent Scholars Archive at the Squire Law Library, University of Cambridge.  Her interests in the recent history of the Law Faculty are focussed on preserving an oral, written and photographic archive of eminent scholars reminiscing on Faculty and college life, and discussing their published works. She has written several papers based on these interviews and associated research.  She is a Senior Member of Wolfson College.

Dr Dvora Liberman joined the LSE Law Department in 2018 as an LSE Fellow. She previously completed her PhD in partnership with LSE’S Legal Biography Project and National Life Stories, British Library; and MA in Oral History and Documentary Filmmaking, University of Sussex. She has worked as a teacher, arts practitioner and oral historian, and developed numerous oral history and participatory arts projects with government departments, charities and cultural institutions in the UK, India, Australia, Bosnia, Israel and Palestine. She has shared the stories of marginalised and unheard communities with a wide variety of audiences through theatre, films, books and exhibitions.

As Curator of Oral History and Deputy Director of the oral history fieldwork charity National Life Stories, Mary Stewart works across a diverse range of projects at the British Library and liaises with external partners depositing their interviews into the Library collections. She is also a Trustee of the Oral History Society, a member of both the Oral History Society Archives Sub-committee and the British Library/Oral History Society Training Liaison Group.

Michael Lobban is Professor of Legal History, having joined the Department of Law in 2013. After finishing his doctorate at Cambridge University, he held a Junior Research Fellowship at St. John’s College, Oxford. From 1991 to 1996, he taught in the department of law at the University of Durham, before moving first to Brunel University (1997-2000) and then to Queen Mary, University of London.

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