Invisible Histories – about the project

Invisible Histories was the Working Class Movement Library‘s first oral history project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The aim of the project was to capture a flavour of people’s working lives during the period when Salford was a major industrial powerhouse in the North West – evidence for which is now almost completely gone.

The project focused on interviewing people who worked at three representative Salford workplaces:

The Working Class Movement Library is also very aware of the need to not just record these interviews, but to find ways to bring them to a wider audience. Inspired by Ewan’s MacColl’s innovative 1950s Radio Ballads, one of the ways we have kept these memories alive  is through working with students from Buile Hill Visual Arts College to produce a modern version of a Radio Ballad, using extracts from our interviews.

Read this article published about the project on History Workshop Online in 2013.

The full interviews are available to listen to on the site. There are also summaries of the interviews (and in a few cases transcriptions).