Oral History contractor (Glyneath/Pontneddfechan)


The Brecon Beacons National Park Authority is seeking a contractor to deliver the Oral History element of the Explosive Times project that aims to preserve and celebrate the former Glyn-neath Gunpowder Works.

Please read the invitation to quote for further information: Explosive times – Oral History brief

Post Location: Home with interviews envisaged to be in and around Glyneath/Pontneddfechan
Post Duration: 12 months
Post Hours: Flexible per week

Application Closing Date: Monday 4th December

Lecturer in British Social and Cultural History (Leicester)


The post-holder will join the Centre for English Local History, within the School of History, Politics and International Relations, as Lecturer in British social and cultural history. Their research should focus on aspects of English and Welsh history post-1750. Their work should exhibit clearly defined local or regional dimensions and a commitment to, or willingness to explore, interdisciplinary approaches to the past.

The post-holder will be expected to develop and deliver UG modules and supervise UG dissertations in their area of expertise. They will contribute to the teaching of the MA in English Local History and Family History; develop DL MA modules based on their teaching and research; supervise MA dissertations; and build a cohort of PhD students. The post-holder’s research plans will be required to demonstrate clearly identified pathways to public impact beyond academia.

Post Location: Leicester
Post Hours: Permanent, full-time 
Salary:£42,418 to £47,772 per annum

For more information about this post please go to: https://www.le.ac.uk/jobs/external/SAH01727_Job_Summary.pdf

Application Closing Date: midnight on 14th December 2017

A new type of oral history book – Australian Lives


In this video oral historian Alistair Thomson introduces you to the Australian Lives ebook, which enables readers to be listeners to the hundreds of oral history extracts in the book, and which curates access into one of Australia’s largest online oral history collections. Al demonstrates the extraordinary technology that made the book possible and which brings oral histories alive on the page and in the archive.

View the introduction to Australian Lives here.

Project Co-ordinator – Queer Stories (Leeds)


We are seeking to appoint the following: Project Co-ordinator – Queer Stories (16 hrs) – Leeds/Wakefield/Bradford

The overall aim is:
• To research, collect and preserve untold LGBTQ+ social histories
• To encourage a range of audiences to appreciate and learn more about the LGBTQ+ heritage of West Yorkshire.

The primary objectives are:
• To ensure that funding obligations are met and to organise the West Yorkshire Queer Stories project to deliver maximum impact on a day to day basis
• To manage and supervise project staff (up to 4 full time equivalent staff), placements/students, subcontractors, freelancers and volunteers
• To co-ordinate the work of sessional/freelance staff engaged on the project.
• To coordinate the project team to discover and preserve LGBTQ+ heritage, promote and offer Core curatorial projects
• To inspire, develop and deliver volunteering roles in the WYQS project In particular;
• Volunteer advisors (advisory group members)
• Community curators
• To ensure that the West Yorkshire Queer Stories project has in place the systems and infra-structure to support people to become volunteers including recruitment, training, personal development and supervision.
• To use Community Development methods to ensure the involvement of LGBTQ+ people in all aspects of the project including those from marginalised communities,
• To support the wellbeing and learning of everyone participating in the project including volunteers, contributors, partners and audiences and to ensure that high ethical standards are maintained.

Salary: NJC points 29 – 31 starting at £25,591 pro rata for 16 hours per week for a fixed term contract until May 2020 + 5% workplace pension and membership of Simply Health (on completion of probationary period). This is subject to confirmation of funding. The successful applicant must be able to start this position on 1st February 2017. Salary is reviewed annually.

Further information on this role such as background information, a job description and person specification can be found in our application pack.

Application packs can be downloaded from our website: http://mesmac.co.uk/contact/vacancies

Closing date is: 10am on Friday 1st December 2017
Please note that late applications and CV’s will not be accepted
Interviews will be on the 12th December 2017

We are striving to be an equal opportunities employer, and as such we welcome applications from all sections of the community. (Charity no 1040407).

Post Duration: 27 months
Post Hours: 16 per week

Volunteers Required: Korea – The Forgotten War (London)


Do you have a flair for creative writing?
If so, Legasee could do with your help.
You’ll be reviewing transcripts from interviews with veterans who served in Korea.
Each transcript is split into short sections.
Each of these short sections will need to be precised into a punchy, radio times style listing which will go on the website.
Transcripts vary in length from 30 mins to two hours and each section is approximately 10 minutes.
An interest in military history would be a bonus.

Location: London / home

Training Opportunities: We have a new project starting very soon and for the right applicant, there will be a range of different training opportunities from technical to creative.

Expenses: Travel/lunch for a training session.

Contact details: Korea – The Forgotten War
Organisation: Legasee Educational Trust
Address: 13 Mornington Road, Chingford, London.
Postcode: E4 7DT

Contact Name: Martin Bisiker
Telephone (mobile): 07881814707
Email Address: martin@legasee.org.uk

Closing Date of Project: 31st December, 2017

Youth Co-ordinator (London)


On the Record is seeking an experienced and dynamic youth co-ordinator for Fighting Sus: Resisting and Repealing Stop and Search 1970-81: a youth-led oral history project culminating in a touring performance. A group of up to 20 16-25 year olds will learn about the micro-history of and campaigns against the sus laws in Britain, used by police predominantly against young Asian and African-Caribbean men, as well as the broader social and political context. Following intensive research and skills training (conducted by a heritage practitioner), young participants will undertake oral history recordings and devise a performance touring schools and community groups. Accompanying lesson plans and a publication will be produced by the young people, supported by the heritage practitioner. 

Freelance role. £12,938 (115 days at £112.50 a day, working more intensively in the second half of the project).

For a role description and our very simple application process visit: http://on-the-record.org.uk/category/news/

Queries and completed applications: info@on-the-record.org.uk   /  07583 656 338

Post Location: London
Post Duration: 12 months
Application Closing Date: 3rd December

‘Oral History of Oral History’ interviews now online via British Library Sounds


We are delighted to announce that the first batch of life story interviews as part of our long-running ‘Oral History of Oral History’ project are now available online via British Library Sounds at http://sounds.bl.uk/Oral-history/Oral-historians.

The British Library-funded programme of interviews started in 2003 with the aim of recording the pioneers and leaders of oral history in the UK dating from the 1950s onwards. Whilst work undertaken at the University of Essex in the 1960s is often seen as the beginning of the modern movement in the UK, recordings were being made in Scotland as far back as the 1930s on cylinders, and later wire recorders. Recordings were also being made on the Isle of Man, at Leeds University, and in Wales capturing folklore and fast disappearing dialects and languages. In England George Ewart Evans ploughed a lonely furrow in East Anglia in the 1950s and 1960s recording farm labourer families using open reel recorders borrowed from BBC Norwich. At the BBC, Charles Parker was breaking the mould of radio programme-making with the ‘Radio Ballads’. The ‘Oral History Journal’ was founded in 1969, followed by the Oral History Society in 1973. From these early developments there was an explosion of oral history activity in Britain in the 1970s and 1980s, much of it community-based. Graham Smith’s The Making of Oral History is a useful introduction to the history of the discipline.