East Midlands Oral History Archive

Walnut Street collection

Physical detail

  • Number of Items in the collection: 26
  • Venues where material can be listened to: Record office, digitised copies of interviews available to listen to at EMOHA
  • Media available on: CD, digital files

Collection history

The Walnut Street collection holds 26 interviews, which were conducted as part of a documentary arts project in Leicester in 1994. The project was inspired by the City Challenge Project, which was operating in the area at the time, and initiated by Crash Arts. A publication entitled 'Walnut Street: Past, Present and Future' was produced, in conjunction with Leicester City Council, as a result of the interviews. 

What the collection contains

The interviews in the collection feature the recollections and experiences of the people who lived in the Walnut Street/Bede Island area of Leicester from the First World War and the 1920s through to the 1990s, providing a vibrant portrait of this area of the city. Interviewees give their views on slum clearances of the 1950s-1970s and express their thoughts about the City Challenge Project, providing a snap shot of the area in 1994.

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