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Personal Histories Project


The Personal Histories Project invites influential figures in academia to explore the stories behind their professional careers. We are a volunteer student-run project that organises public events, personal interviews and film training workshops to pursue this goal.
Founded in 2006 by Pamela Jane Smith, Personal Histories is a student-led organisation, based in the Division of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge. It has initially focused on oral history events centred on panel-based discussions, coupled with audience interaction, involving some very influential figures in archaeology and anthropology. Aside from making the history of the discipline more colourful and accessible, these events allow us to critically evaluate first-hand those views and positions previously only encountered through the fixed nature of the written word. In addition to organising and putting on such events, we produce professional films of each one, together with a written transcript. We publish and also archive these materials; providing for both present and future public discussion of our work. Further, we run professional training workshops in filming and film production techniques in order to equip more people with the skills of recording and publicising oral histories. In this way, we hope to make a real contribution to the understanding of the history and development of academic research.
For a selection of our previous films, please visit:

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