Project Leaders

This project, which is Lottery-funded by the Museums, Libraries & Archives Council (MLA), is being run by the Centre for Oral History Research (COHR) at the University of Huddersfield, in association with the University Archives & Special Collections.

Address: Centre for Oral History Research, Room WG/25, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield HD1 3DH.

Stephen Kelly

Stephen Kelly. Stephen is Director of COHR. He pioneered the use of oral history in sport with books on fandom (The Kop, Red Voices), and also co-authored an oral history of Coronation Street. His books about the great Liverpool FC manager Bill Shankly formed the basis of the play The Shankly Show, shown in Liverpool as part of European Capital of Culture Year. He also teaches sports journalism at the university. Tel: 01484-478412; 


Hilary Haigh

Hilary Haigh. Hilary is the University Archivist, and oversees a number of externally-funded projects, among them The Two-Minute Silence, The Buildings of Huddersfield, and the Yorkshire Slavery project. Her publications include Huddersfield: a Most Handsome Town. Tel: 01484-473168,



chris_webb_120Chris Webb. Chris is a PhD student working with the Centre for Oral History Research. His main interest in community history centres around bridging the gaps which exist between academics and the communities they seek to work with. Chris' research focuses on employing collaborative approaches to better understanding the ways in which experiences of migration inform the shape of local identity in multicultural communities.