Raphael Samuel on May Day
Shen Liknaitzky has sent me the audio of an interview she conducted with the historian Raphael Samuel more than twenty years ago about the history of May Day. Raph talks about his first May Day march as a youngster in London in 1942, and about the 'almost vanished collective culture' in which popular festivals such as May Day thrived. Do give it a listen:
This is the raw, unedited interview. She conducted it for a long vanished World Service programme called Postmark Africa (the first programme that ever put me on air!), and if you want to hear what the edited version sounded like, here it is:
Raph was one of the commanding figures in twentieth century social history and the main pioneering force behind the History Workshop movement. He championed what has sometimes been described as 'history from below', now an integral part of the pursuit of history. He was also a warm and charismatic figure, who his many friends remember with great warmth.
Thanks for this. The sound of this voice really warms my heart. This was a year before I was taught by Raph and Hilda Kean at Ruskin and so the tone is exactly what I remember from class and tutorial. He was always very kind to me and tolerated with great humour my outlandish ideas.
Thanks for this recording of Ralph. It was wonderful yet sad to hear his voice again.
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