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"Collecting Memories: The European Parliament 1979-2019": 'Talking Europe' with Prof. Schackleton on the oral history project

Posted on 18 January 2021

In the recent episode of the UCL European Institute podcast ‘Talking Europe’, Professor Michael Schackleton discusses his experience in the conduct of the recent oral history project ‘Collecting Memories: The European Parliament 1979-2019’.

Launched to mark the 40th anniversary of the first direct elections to the European Parliament, the oral history project Collecting memories: European Parliament 1979-2019, hosted by the Alcide De Gasperi Research Centre at the EUI, captured the memories and experiences of Members of the European Parliament, who witnessed the changing role of the institution in order to assess the achievements of the European Parliament since 1979. The nearly 100 oral interviews recorded together with their written summaries have been deposited at the Historical Archives of the European Union as part of its oral history collections and are available online to researchers and the public.

Professor Michael Shackleton is Special Professor in European Institutions at the University of Maastricht and Former Head of the European Parliament Information Office in the UK. In this episode of ‘Talking Europe’, Shackleton discusses his experience in this project with co-editor Alfredo De Feo and three other former European Parliament civil servants: Francis Jacobs, Gerard Laprat and Dietmar Nickel, as well as his thoughts about the role of the Parliament in our changing world. He also presented the book published as result of the research.

Listen to the ‘Talking Europe’ podcast with Prof. Michael Schackleton.