of the museum's most impressive collections is its oral history archive.
There are over one thousand recordings of people who lived and worked
in the former empire and Commonwealth from 1910 onwards.
oral history archive is accessible to everyone. You can hear excerpts
now by clicking here.
recordings are featured in our permanent galleries, and it is also used
as inspiration for 87.7 Commonwealth FM and the radio room schools workshops.
If you would like to know more about the oral history archive please
conatct the collections department at the Museum.
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of the attractions of colonial service for many young British men and
women was the chance to lead a hearty, outdoor life. Here John Raisman
remembers how he was able to indulge his love of riding as a young man
Groundnut scheme, Tanzania
Bell remembers being recruited to work on the British Government's ill-fated
Groundnut scheme in what was then Tanganyika, in East Africa.
3. Indirect Rule
Owen Griffiths, A District Officer in Uganda in the 1940s talks about
the system of indirect rule the British used to run the Empire.
4. Film Stars
Owen Griffith was working as the Private Secretary to the Governor of
Uganda when a host of hollywood stars came to stay during the making
of the John Ford epic, "Mugambo".
5. Nursing in Tanzania
Mrs Marjorie Spencer MBE, Senior Health Sister in Northern Nigeria 1953
- 1965, Senior Health Sister in Sarawak 1965 -67, Matron in Nigeria
during the Biafran War, 1967 - 69.
Spencer's passion for her profession is evident in her every word. In
this extract she describes a visit to a remote village to treat a woman
with a swollen hand.
Mrs Sarla Sharma
Sarla Sharma was a freedom fighter in India in the 1940's. She talks
about her involvement with Baden-Powells guiding movement and how she
refused to sing parts of the British National Anthem.
7. Calling the
empire to arms during WWII
Allan Wilmot served the Royal Navy and The Royal Airforce from 1941
- 44. In this extract he talks about the racism experienced by West
Indian Servicemen when they returned to the UK after WWII.