The East Midlands Oral History Archive was originally funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to establish the first large-scale archive of oral history recordings for Leicestershire & Rutland. This includes the collections of the former Leicester Oral History Archive, the Mantle archive from North West Leicestershire, the Community History archive of Leicester City Libraries, the Market Harborough Museum collection, and the sound archive of BBC Radio Leicester, along with smaller collections donated by local organisations or individuals. The recordings are deposited in the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland. The EMOHA website has an online catalogue and a range of online resources. EMOHA also provides advice, training and support for community groups, museums and heritage organisations, students and other individuals who are interested in developing their own projects. EMOHA is based in the Centre for Urban History at the University of Leicester.
The collection here includes 148 previously unavailable oral history recordings produced during the 1980s with residents of Leicestershire remembering their lives from the Boar War onwards.