Oral History of British Science
An Oral History of British Science is a national collection of in-depth, life story audio interviews with scientists and engineers accessible to everyone interested in the recent history of science and technology in Britain.
The programme is an initiative of National Life Stories in association with the Science Museum, and with support from the Arcadia Fund.
John Nye, Juneau icefield, Alaska, 1967
An Oral History of British Science is a national collection of interviews with over 100 leading UK scientists and engineers, telling the stories of some of the most remarkable scientific and engineering discoveries of the past century as well as the personal stories of each individual. Remarkably few scientists have previously been interviewed at length about their life and work, and this archive remedies that absence while preserving their memories for posterity to be used by researchers now and in the future.
Interviews, which last 10-15 hours, have been recorded under the project strands Made in Britain and A Changing Planet, and range across a variety of disciplines, which already include aeronautical and civil engineering, atmospheric and climate change science, computer hardware and software, electronics, geology, geophysics, glaciology, instrumentation, materials, meteorology, molecular biology and oceanography. A number of shorter, on-location video interviews have also been filmed.
Further information about An Oral History of British Science, including the case for the programme, interview methodology and outputs, is available in the Oral History of British Science project proposal.
Up-to-date information on the project can be found through the National Life Stories Annual Reports.
Access the recordings
If you have any queries regarding the Oral History of British Science programme please contact us at:
National Life Stories
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB
Tel +44 (0)20 7412 7404