East Midlands Oral History Archive

Requesting a recording

Throughout 2022/23 we will be moving EMOHA's catalogue onto the main University library catalogue. This is in the early stages at the moment and we will give updates as the situation changes. In August 2023, the old catalogue and many of the newer collections are available via the Archives Catalogue.

You can listen to all the recordings in EMOHA's collections at the University. From the summer of 2022 we will be using the library's Archives & Special Collections for listening to recordings and you should book an appointment through them (please note the opening times):

If you have any queries about the collections or individual recordings you can contact EMOHA via:

Most of the material on the EMOHA catalogue can also be accessed at the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland at Long Street, Wigston Magna, Leicestershire.

Recordings can only be listened to by an appointment made at least a week in advance. See the Record Office's opening hours.

  • You need to check that a copy of the master recording is available to listen to (copies: yes/no in full report). If the catalogue indicates there is a copy, contact the Record Office to make an appointment to listen to the recordings you require. At least one week's advance notice is required. You will need to have the Accession number, Collection number and Collection title ready when you call. Ring +44 (0)116 257 1080 to make an appointment. Remember recordings can have different playing times and some interviews comprise a number of tapes, so try and check the playing time when it is given and request those you can listen to in the time available. You may also want to request a summary if it is available.
  • If no copy is indicated or you are unsure if there is a copy contact the Record Office on +44 (0)116 257 1080 and make a Sound Recording Request for a copy to be made of the copy/copies you require to listen to. Give the Accession number, Collection number and Collection title for the items you require. You will be informed as soon as the copy is available and can then arrange a time to listen.
  • On arrival at the Record Office you will be asked to fill in request forms for the material you wish to hear, so be sure to have your references, giving Accession number, Collection number and Collection title.

Record Office requirements

For access to the Record Office you must have either a Day Ticket or a valid County Archives Research Network (CARN) Reader's Ticket. Find out more about admission and tickets.

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