"The Lasting Legacies of Oral History: Memories of Kibble, 1928-2008"

Elaine Harris , Communications Officer, Kibble Education and Care Centre

Introduction by Tom Harrison


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Elaine Harris

Elaine Harris

Elaine Harris studied for a joint honours degree in Economic and Social History/English Literature as a mature student at the University of Glasgow, graduating in 2002, followed by an MSc in Adult and Continuing Education, also from University of Glasgow. During this time she did some part-time work as a graduate teaching assistant in the University’s Department of Economic and Social History, and worked as a community outreach tutor for the Department of Adult and Continuing Education.

Elaine has worked at Kibble Education and Care Centre in Paisley since 2003, firstly as a social historian researching Kibble’s 150-year history within the wider context of residential child care in Scotland. The research was initially archival; however, an oral history project gradually evolved. She was subsequently appointed as history project coordinator of Kibble’s Lasting Legacy social history project. This was supported by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant and was the dissemination phase of the project, culminating in a dedicated website, a series of themed booklets, an exhibition at Paisley Museum and other events to celebrate Kibble’s 150th anniversary.

Since the end of the Lasting Legacy project (and writing this in 2011), Elaine has been employed at Kibble as a communications officer where, as well as external communications tasks, her remit includes coordinating Kibble's Research into Practice Forum and internal Ethics Committee.