purpleSTARS have spent lockdown listening and responding to the oral history archive of the Museum of London,(MOL) volunteering as part of Listening to London. The oral history collection has some 5,000 hours of recorded interviews with a wide variety of people. Over a series of online meetings purpleSTARS have selected and listened to recordings that interest them from the archive and used the RIX Wiki to collect our responses, making connections between past and present Londoners.
As part of our research we have learnt about and practiced oral history interview techniques with MOL Curator Hannah Davies and interviewed experts from the Museum of London, Cathy Ross, ex director of MOL and digital curator Fontieni Aravani.
The Museum of London have commissioned purpleSTARS to create an exhibition for the The Talking Point Gallery at the Museum of London.
This is a space to create, test and learn from content ideas which will feed into the development of the new Museum of London when it moves from the Barbican to the site at Smithfield Market in 2025. The Talking Point Gallery encourages Museum visitors to test and respond to content, and museum staff to push their boundaries in terms of the way content is displayed and interpreted.