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Impact outside the academic community has been a strong feature of the work undertaken by the Centre for Visual and Oral History Research. All the of the Centre’s four major projects have involved a significant focus on community engagement with staff facilitating the transfer knowledge to enable volunteers to assist in gathering empirical material which has then been disseminated back into the public domain through a wide variety of media channels.

Links to references to corroborate the contribution, impact or benefit of research cited in the Oral History in the Community Impact Case Study for REF 2014 are available here.


‘Asian Voices’: First Generation Immigrants Project website.

‘Asian Voices’ Wordpress blog ran from October 2008 to November 2010 registering 51,213 visits to date

Twitter - Asian Voices @!/asianvoices

 ‘Up and Under’ Rugby League Oral History Project website launched in April 2007 has received 20,881 visits.

‘Two Minutes SilenceProject website containing 69 archive audio recording clips from interviews with 42 people

‘Greenhead Stories’ website has been up and running since, contains July 13th 2010 and received 1041 visits as at 15th August 2011.

Museums and Libraries Association My Yorkshire website has features on COHR and its projects.

Centre for Oral History Research web pages.

Asian Voices Project web pages.

‘Up and Under’ Rugby League Oral History Project web pages.

Two Minutes Silence Project web pages.

National institute for Continuing Adult Learning website used the ‘Two Minutes SilenceProject in 2009 as part of its Think Community, scheme on intergenerational learning which aimed to improve practice through case study and policy analysis.

Culture24 website featured the ‘Two Minutes SilenceProject. 

No Sand Dunes in Featherstone, the ‘Up and Under’ Rugby League Oral History Project book was reviewed on the rugby league books website on 7th March 2011,  


Schools visits and educational resources

Nafhesa Ali visited the following schools to talk about the Asian Voices project and provide Oral History training sessions to promote inter generational learning.

Spring Grove Junior School,

Islamia Girls High School,

Moor End Technology College

Lindley C of E (VA) Infant School

Nafhesa Ali produced the ‘Everyone has a Story to Tell’ Learning Resources Pack based on the Asian Voices project. It contains various teaching resources including worksheets and CD-Rom suitable for learning establishments from Key Stage 2 +.

Clare Jenkins visited the following schools to talk about the Two Minute Silence project, record pupils thoughts and provide Oral History training sessions to promote inter generational learning.

Almondbury High School

Spring Grove Junior School,


Nafesa Ali gave a 30 minute interview about the Asian Voices project to Gail Papworth on Sunrise Radio in July 2008.

Clare Jenkins produced and presented the Radio 4 programme The Two Minute Silence, which was broadcast nationally on 8th November 2009.

Talks, presentations and exhibitions

The Asian Voices was one of the HLF funded projects chosen to be in an exhibition at the ‘HLF Cherishing Our Future: Protecting Our Past’ Heritage Lottery Conference, York, November 2009.

Clare Jenkins has given Oral History training session which featured the Two Minute silence project to community groups in Leeds, London, Ryburn, Sheffield and Whitby.

Rob Light gave a presentation on the ‘Up and Under’ Rugby League Oral History Project  to the Huddersfield Senior Giants, with around 60 people in attendance (March 2009).

The No Sand Dunes in Featherstone book launch was held at the University on 19th January 2011 attended by around 50 people.

Chris Webb gave the History Hour talk on the Greenhead Stories project for the Friends of Greenhead Park group to around 20 attendees (04/05/2011).

Chris Webb is also producing audio tours of Greenhead Park featuring clips from the Greenhead Stories project interviews. They will be available through the website and Mp3 players which can be borrowed from park café. A 'moblue' system will also be set up for people to download tours to digital devices in the park. (launches Sept 25th)

Newspaper articles

The Asian Voices Project has been featured in the following articles;

Asian Express, April 2011, ‘Asian Voices’.

Huddersfield Examiner, March 2011, ‘Moving to a New World’.

Huddersfield Examiner, 15 June 2010, ‘Migrant Voices Project’ Conference update.

Huddersfield Examiner, 15 July 2009, ‘Juggling family and Work’s a piece of cake!’

Yorkshire Post, 14 August 2008, ‘Eastern Eye: the Asian Experience in Yorkshire’.

Huddersfield Examiner, 17 July 2008, ‘Stories of the First Asian Pioneers’.

Asian Express, 2008.

The Two Minutes Silence Project has been featured in the following article;

Yorkshire Post, 7th November 2009, ‘The silence that still resonates’,.

Weekly News, ‘18th October 2008, Two Minute silence Project – to remember war sacrifices’.

The ‘Up and Under’ Rugby League Project has been featured in the following articles;

Huddersfield Examiner, 24th January 2011, ‘University of Huddersfield celebrates up and under project.

Yorkshire Post, 5th December 2010, ‘Hard men, tough times’,

Huddersfield Examiner, 4th April 2009, ‘History of Sport in the Spotlight’.

Yorkshire Post, 21st May 2008, ‘At last rugby league tells its story’

League Weekly,30th April, 2007, ‘University swots up on league past’.

Yorkshire Evening Post, 12th April, 2007, ‘Oral history project in a league of its own’.

Halifax Courier, 13th January, 2007, ‘Cash boost for RL history project’

The Greenhead stories project has been featured in the following articles;

Huddersfield Examiner, 3rd May 2011, ‘Greenhead park project seeks visitor memories’.

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