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This is a selected bibliography of publications in professional and academic books and journals for researchers interested in finding out more about my work.


The 1943 Bethnal Green Tube Shelter Disaster: an Oral History London: University of East London, 2015. 106 pages plus 8 pages of front matter, and attached compact disc. ISBN: 978-0-9932665-0-8. Available online from Living Maps Network

Book chapters

'Learning by doing: memoryscape as an educational too', in De Nardi, Sarah et al (eds) The Routledge Handbook of Memory and Place Abingdon: Routledge, 2020, 158-169.

'The historical hearing aid: located oral history from the listener's perspective', in Perks, Robert and Alistair Thompson (eds.) The Oral History Reader (3rd Edition) London: Routledge, 2015, 536-555.

'Memoryscapes: experiments in oral history and place-based media', in Memory on Trial
Media, Citizenship and Social Justice Høg Hansen, Anders, Oscar Hemer and Thomas Tufte (eds.) Zurich: Lit Verlag, 2015, 111-126.

'History 2.0: History, Publics and New Technologies', in The Impact of History? Histories at the Beginning of the 21st Century, Pinto, Pedro Ramos and Bertrande Taithe (eds.), Oxford: Routledge, 2015, 34-45.

'Memoryscape: experiments in deepening our senses of place', in Van Boeschoten, R. (eds), Gefyronontas tis yenies: diepistimonikotita kai afigiseis zois ston 21o aiona. (Bridging the generations: interdisciplinarity and life stories in the 21st century), Volos: Enosi Proforikis Istorias, p. 83-95.

'Memoryscape' : Integrating Oral History, Memory and Landscape on the River Thames', in Kean, Hilda and Paul Ashton (eds.) Public History and Heritage Today, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, 223-239. 

'The historical hearing aid: located oral history from the listener's perspective', in Trower, Shelley (ed.) Place, Writing, and Voice in Oral History, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, 193-216. 

'I-Spy Anytown', in Bringing the Outside In: Enriching Student Learning in the Humanities through Environmental Engagement York: TheHigher Education Academy, 2011, 10-16.

'Memoryscape: integrating oral history, memory and landscape on the river Thames', in Ashton, Paul and Hilda Kean (eds.) People and their Pasts: Public History Today, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009, 223-239.

 'Linked: a landmark in sound, a public walk of art', in Perks, Robert and Alistair Thompson (eds.) The Oral History Reader (2nd Edition) London, Routledge, 2006, 425-433.

'Essays from the field: science and native American burial in Kansas'. In Blunt, Alison, Pyrs Gruffudd, Jon May, Miles Ogborn and David Pinder (eds.) Cultural Geography in Practice, London, Arnold, 2003, 119-121.


Refereed Journals

'Introduction', Toby Butler and Yasmin Khan  History Workshop Journal 76, 2013, 1-4.

'Teaching and learning guide for Memoryscape: How audio walks can deepen our sense of place by integrating art, oral history and cultural geography' Geography Compass 2,5, 2008, 1750-1754.

 'Memory lane: how to produce trails for mp3 players that give listeners an evocative experience of place', Museum Practice 40, 2007, 42-45.

'Memoryscape: How audio walks can deepen our sense of place by integrating art, oral history and cultural geography', Geography Compass 1,3, 2007,  350-372.

'A walk of art: the potential of the sound walk as practice in cultural geography', Social and Cultural Geography 7,6, 2006, 889-908.

'Doing heritage differently', Rising East Online: Journal of East London Studies 5, 2006.

'Linked: a landmark in sound, a public walk of art', Cultural Geographies 12,1, 2005, 77-88.


TV/Radio/press/web articles

'The 1943 Bethnal Green Shelter Disaster: 75 Years of Forgetting and Remembering', History Workshop Online, 2018 

˜Hundred years on: the mysterious cause and tragic legacy of London's biggest explosion' in The Conversation 16th January, 2017 

CBS Breakfast News (USA) (broadcast due mid-March, 2016) 'interview with Mark Phillips, CBS News senior foreign correspondent on the reality vs myth of life in WW2 deep shelters.

BBC1 Secret Britain: hop picking (filming September 2015) publicity generated by the Hoppers exhibition (see below) led to an approach from the BBC to be an academic advisor for a documentary on hop picking. I gave advice on locations, historical context and introduced them to a local hop farm where the filming took place. The episode will be roadcast in 2016 and I have been assured that I (and UEL) will be acknowledged in the credits at the end of the documentary.

Brunei Times photo story and coverage of  meeting and demonstration of Victoria Park Memoryscape trail with Datin Adina Othman, Deputy Minister for Culture, Youth and Sport, Brunei (May, 2014).

BBC TV News 24 (March 2013) outside broadcast, interviewed in a rolling live news situation at site of Bethnal Green Disaster.

Excerpts feature on BBC Radio 4 Six O'Clock News, BBC Radio London, BBC News website features interview in two streaming video stories: and

ABC News Radio, Australia The World Today (March 2013) Interview with ABC news reporter Barbara Millar.

BBC Radio London: Drivetime with Eddie Nestor  (March 2013), phone interview on secrecy surrounding the Bethnal Green Disaster.

BBC Radio London: Inspirit with Jumoke Fashola (March 2013), interview at site of Bethnal Green Disaster.

I also featured on the Robert Elms show and the Sandi Toksvig show (BBC London), East London Advertiser, The Wharf, International Business Times, East London Lines and War History Online in relation to the Bethnal Green Disaster Project (2013-14).

The Wharf and the East London Advertiser (Nov 2012) launch with Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutur Rahman' photo and interview at launch of Victoria Park Memoryscape trail for Tower Hamlets Council.

'Come on Ruskin: do the right thing'History Workshop Online, 2012 

'History fieldwork - do our students get out enough?' History Workshop Online, 2012 

Independent on Sunday 'Ports of Call walking trails featured as top tour in 'tips and deals' (27th July, 2008)

Wilson, Rowan. 'Interview with Toby Butler', ReadySteadyBook, February 2007  republished with amendments October 2010, History Workshop Journal Online 

McLaren, Mark. 'Interview with Toby Butler and Lewis Gibson', Furthernoise, January 2007 

Friedman, J. (2006) 'Media Review: Drifting, produced by Toby Butler'. Oral History Review, Winter/Spring 2006, 33(1) 107-109

Rogacin, F. (2006)  'Review of Dockers, by Toby Butler'. Newsweek (London Supplement, Polish edition) September 2006, 3-6

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