Bonus episode - Storytelling and identity with Mathilda Mallinson

Bonus episode - Storytelling and identity with Mathilda Mallinson

Why do we tell stories?

In this mini-investigation, journalist Mathilda Mallinson (@mathildamall) looks at the stories that define us, the importance of challenging mainstream narratives, and whether stories are a right or a privilege. Creators at StoryTerrace share the power of journaling and preserving stories for future generations. Jocelyn Chandler-Hawkins describes her efforts to salvage oral histories from Afro-Caribbean communities in the UK, with audio from the Reading Museum’s Memories of the Reading Windrush Generation and their Descendants. Mathilda then sits down with John Kampfner - author, journalist and Chatham House Executive Director - to discuss the role of history in national identity and compare how different countries choose to remember theirs.

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Listen to Reading Museum’s oral history collection: 


  • Roger Moreau and Rutger Bruining, StoryTerrace @Storyterrace
  • Jocelyn Chandler-Hawkins @JocelynChandle3
  • John Kampfner @johnkampfner @ChathamHouse


  • Research assistants: Mafalda Lorijn, Izzie Addison
  • Assistant editor: Camilla Tiana
  • Music: Samfire @soundofsamfire

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