LevelCollection
Ref NoOHP
TitleOral history project
Date1998-2021
Extent156 recordings & accompanying paperwork (131 minidisk; 163 CD; 23 Audio Cassette; 1 video casette; 3 mini-DVC; 501 AIFF files; 51 .wav files; 26 mp3 files; 99 text files & 23 video files in mixed formats)
Creator NameThe Guardian Foundation; 2013-; Independent charity and private limited company
Guardian News & Media Ltd (2006-)
Guardian Newspapers Limited (1967-2006)
DescriptionOral history projects undertaken to record the memories of staff who have worked for either the Guardian or the Observer.

Includes oral history interviews undertaken between 1998-2002 as part of the project to create the Guardian and Observer Archive Visitor Centre; interviews conducted with Guardian staff who covered the March 2003 invasion of Iraq and interviews with staff in the Guardian's bicentenary year, 2021.

Staff interviewed include editorial staff such as journalists and photographers, as well as production and administrative staff. Production staff interviewed include a printer, compositors and a designer. Administrative staff include secretaries, a marketing manager, librarians and head of workplace, whilst journalists interviewed include correspondents covering war, health, politics, film and television, data, visuals and technology.

Topics covered include the Guardian's move from Manchester offices to production in London, the launch of the Guardian's women's page, changes in ownership of the Observer newspaper, covering the 2003 Iraq War, digital first publishing and the bicentenary of the Guardian.

Recordings between 1998-2012 were originally recorded on minidisc or audio cassette, and later transferred to CD, these oral history recordings are now available to researchers via the GNM Digital Repository. All recording from 2012 onwards were created and are held digitally.

Many of the recordings between 1998-2003 include a data cover sheet completed at the time of the interview which contains biographical details about the subject and information about the recording.
Access StatusOpen(part)
Access ConditionsSome parts of the interviews remain closed where the interviewee has indicated they are confidential or where there is a possibility of libel.
FormatElectronic record
CD recording
Printed document
Tape recording
Minidisc recording

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