The Life Electric: Oral Histories from the UK Electricity Supply Industry

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The inside story of the British power industry

As the nights draw in and the weather turns cold we turn to electricity to warm our homes and keep the dark at bay. Yet most of us never really wonder about where it comes from…  beyond your plug socket is an incredible story of people and technology and politics. An immense energy system has built up over decades, utterly central to our modern lives, yet mostly taken for granted and the thousands of people who make it all work are virtually invisible.

An Oral History of Electricity Supply Industry has captured hundreds of hours of recordings with the people who were instrumental in developing this key industry and keeping the lights on come hurricanes or strikes or fuel shortages. Their stories span the decades from the 1940s, when electricity was still a modern wonder to many people, through the years of nationalisation, white hot industrial growth and nuclear power, through to privatisation and the present day of wind turbines and smart meters.

Hear highlights from the collection and reflections from interviewees on their participation in the project and their work keeping the lights on. Chaired by Sir John Baker, former Chair of National Power PLC.

In association with National Life Stories


Name: The Life Electric: Oral Histories from the UK Electricity Supply Industry
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Full Price: £8.00
Member: £5.00
Senior 60+: £6.00
Student: £5.00
Registered Unemployed: £5.00
Under 18: £5.00
Friend of the British Library: £5.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546