The Team

Our core team consists of oral historians with experience across academic and community settings. Together the team have many years of local, national and international experience and expertise. This includes working in development oral history, labour history, memory studies, heritage and the history of inequalities. Collectively the team are interested in the transformative power of oral history practice and theory.

The Unit is led by Professor Graham Smith. We have a team of three research associates. Siobhan Warrington, Sue Bradley and Dr Andy Clark. We also have four associate researchers: Rosie Bush, Silvie Fisch, Dr Kath Smith and Liz O'Donnell.

You can contact us at oralhistory@newcastle.ac.uk 

Professor Graham Smith

Sue Bradley

  • Research Associate
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  • Telephone: 0191 208 4609
  • Sue Bradley is an experienced oral historian. Having worked in the Centre for Rural Economy for the past ten years, Sue brings a non-urban focus to the unit’s work.

Dr Andy Clark

  • Research Associate
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  • Telephone: 0191 208 4602
  • Andy Clark joined the Oral History Unit in November 2017. His research interests include responses to factory closure, labour history, and the impacts of deindustrialisation.

Siobhan Warrington

  • Senior Research Associate
  • History, Classics & Archaeology
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  • Twitter: @oraltestimony
  • Siobhan Warrington is an internationally recognised oral historian who has worked on a range of projects in countries that have included India, Pakistan and Ukraine.

Rosie Bush

  • Associate Researcher
  • Oral History Unit
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  • Rosie is a high school English and Drama teacher in Northumberland, with a background in public history and heritage.

Silvie Fisch

  • Associate Researcher
  • Oral History Unit
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  • Silvie's extensive experience includes using oral history in community and cultural development work, historical interpretation and heritage engagement.

Dr Liz O'Donnell

  • Associate Researcher
  • Oral History Unit
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  • Liz previously taught in further and higher education and worked in heritage and archival outreach, and is now a freelance heritage consultant and oral history interviewer.

Dr Kath Smith

  • Associate Researcher
  • Oral History Unit
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  • Kath is an experienced oral historian and is one of the Oral History Society's Regional Networkers.