Past Work

Helen Lloyd has recorded hundreds of life-stories for numerous successful oral history projects including work for the BBC, Oxford University, the National Trust, national and regional libraries, and community groups all around the UK

She has won a Race in the Media Award (Commission for Racial Equality), IT in Teaching and Learning Award (Oxford University), and her work was chosen as a Research Highlight by the Wellcome Trust

Click below for examples of Helen’s work in the following areas…

  1. Recording life-stories and themed interviews
  2. Project management and consultancy
  3. Training young people and adults
  4. Audio editing for websites, CDs, exhibitions and museum installations
  5. Lectures for conferences and seminars
  6. Talks to community groups

1. Recording life-stories and themed interviews

2. Project management and consultancy

Helen has provided services for successful projects all over the UK – Consultancy on funding bids; selection and recording of interviewees; project management; training of interviewers, and ensuring accessibility of recordings through a variety of media and talks. Her clients have included:

  • BBC - The Century Speaks oral history project. Helen’s radio series won the Commission for Racial Equality’s Race in the Media Award
  • Oxford University – Helen created the total content of the Oral History of Diabetes website which won an IT in Teaching and Learning Award and was chosen by the Wellcome Trust as a Research Highlight
  • The National Trust - Tour audio and Memories of Back to Backs CD for the Back to Backs
  • Birmingham City Council – 150 life-story recordings for the Millennibrum project, now available in the Library of Birmingham
  • Wolverhampton Grand Theatre for the Grand Memories project
  • New Forest Trust – an oral history of New Forest Commoners
  • Sampad South Asian Arts – research and training for the My Route project.
  • For more examples see Training young people & adults below

3. Training/Education for young people and adults

Before Helen specialised in oral history, she provided media training for professionals and training in interviewing techniques for BBC staff and freelancers, an African-Caribbean radio station and many student groups.

Since specialising in oral history, she has trained professionals and volunteers, aged 8 to 80, in recording and interviewing techniques, transcription and writing summaries, for a wide variety of projects.


  • African Heritage Initiative – African migrants recorded by adult volunteers
  • Africans’ Hidden Memories – Effects of re-settlement on mental health, recorded by adults and young people
  • Amirah Foundation – memories of domestic abuse recorded by adult volunteers
  • Belbroughton History Society – older residents recorded by Society members
  • Big Story of Pugin – Memories of Oscott College seminary recorded by 4 primary schools
  • Biddulph East Oral History Public Art Project – retired miners recorded by pupils from 3 schools and members of youth club
  • Castle Bromwich Youth & Community Partnership – memories of a local graveyard recorded by adult and young volunteers.
  • Codsalll Community High School – former pupils recorded by sixth-formers
  • Discover Your Roots - Somali heritage recorded by adults aged 18 to 25
  • Dudley Archives – Stourbridge workers recorded by professional archivists
  • Friends of Moseley Road Baths – summary training for ‘Pool of Memories’ project
  • Grand Memories – memories of Wolverhampton Grand Theatre recorded by young people aged 10 to 18.
  • Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner – memories of mixed race relationships recorded by pupils of multiple heritage at Aldridge School
  • Home Away From Home – memories of older Kashmiri women (Go-Woman Alliance) recorded by younger women
  • Kineton & District Local History Society – older residents recorded by Society members
  • London Canal Museum – memories of canals and ice trade recorded by adult volunteers
  • Montgomery Cricket Club – older club members recorded by adult and teenage club members and local primary school
  • New Forest Trust - New Forest commoners recorded by adult volunteers
  • Out of Africa - African footballers recorded by teenagers
  • Port Vale Tales - memories of Port Vale Football Club recorded by teenagers
  • Project Somali – memories of older women recorded by younger women
  • Reach Out - older people in Nigerian church and local community recorded by young church members
  • Rutherford Dance Co – ‘What Sexuality is Love?’ - memories of being gay in 1970s recorded by students for ballet soundtrack
  • Ryton Organic Gardens – ‘Growing from Your Roots’ – recent immigrants’ memories of growing vegetables, recorded by garden staff and volunteers
  • Sampad South Asian Arts – ‘My Route’ project – memories of immigrants along the Stratford Road in Birmingham recorded by adult volunteers
  • Shrews Tales - memories of Shrewsbury Football Club recorded by teenagers
  • Voices of the Old Printworks – memories of workers at Butcher’s Print Factory recorded by adult volunteers
  • Wolverhampton Central Youth Theatre - memories of dance halls recorded by young people in teens and twenties

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4. Audio editing for websites, exhibitions, museums and CDs.

Helen has edited short audio extracts, features, and radio series for the BBC World Service, national and local radio stations, and now specialises in editing oral history recordings for websites, mobile apps, exhibitions, museum installations and commercial CDs.

Examples of her oral history audio editing can be found in her award-winning BBC radio series, The Century Speaks, now in the British Library Sound Archive; Oxford University’s Diabetes Stories; Grand Memories; Digital Handsworth (Search Helen Lloyd Gallery); Voices of the Old Printworks ; installations and website audio features for London Canal Museum, and tour audio and Memories of Back to Backs CD for National Trust Back to Backs.

For examples – see Audio Extracts and Publications

5. Lectures for conferences and seminars

Helen has been a plenary speaker at:

  • International conferences in Oxford, Copenhagen, Boston and San Diego – on the Oral History of Diabetes
  • European Oral History Seminar in Birmingham – on regional identities
  • Heritage Lottery Fund conferences for ethnic minority and youth organisations
  • National Reminiscence Network – on recording older people
  • Society for Theatre Research – on the Grand Memories project
  • A Dalit Conference on the role of oral history in the construction of identity
  • The Charles Parker Day

She has also given talks and been a panel member at Oral History Society conferences

6. Talks to community groups

Helen regularly speaks to:

  • Schools and colleges
  • Groups for retired people
  • Local history societies
  • Churches
  • Charities
  • Meetings of Women’s Institutes, U3A, NADFAS, Rotary, Inner Wheel, Probus, and the National Trust Association