Elspeth Millar, Oral History Archive Assistant, writes:
The papers given at the Royal Society's two-day conference 'Science Voices: Scientists speak about science and themselves' are now available online from the Backdoor Broadcasting Company website. There were many interesting papers given from researchers involved in ongoing oral history projects and topics discussed included: interview techniques; the ethics of editing interviews and transcripts for publication and for official instituional histories; using oral history interviews for research; and the variety in the type of oral histories of science being conducted, in the UK and the US in particular.
Dr Paul Merchant, interviewer for A Changing Planet gave a fantastic (and thought-provoking) paper entitled 'Oral History and the scientific self', which looked at the how scientists interviewed for the project reflect upon their childhood. The paper, and questions from the audience, are now available as streamed audio and as mp3 files that can be downloaded.