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.

Irish Heart, Coventry Home


This project celebrates the contribution of Irish people who came to Coventry.

We have interviewed 50 people from Ireland who arrived between the years 1940-1970. These interviews are currently being turned into a 30 minute DVD.

We have also collected photographs and objects. These will be used at an exhibition at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in March 2018.

Duration of project: 12 months

The most successful element of the project has been the breadth of our 50 interviewees. We have spoken to a wide variety of people including poets, builders, teachers, musicians. Furthermore, we are pleased to have involved so many female interviewees. Women are sometimes left out of narratives of Irish migration, even though they came to England in significant numbers.

One element we have found a bit of a struggle is capturing the media’s attention. Hopefully, we will attain more interest when the exhibition goes live in March 2018.

Publications: Not yet, although we are thinking of turning this into a book.

Other outputs: We will be producing a DVD and exhibition in March 2018

Contact details:
Coventry Point, Market Way, Coventry, CV1 1EA
Telephone: 07933 308109
Email: ciaran.davis@covirishsoc.org.uk


Volunteers learning how to use the equipment.


The launch of the project in March 2017. From left, Simon McCarthy (Manager of Coventry Irish Society), Dr. Cathy Hunt (Steering Committee) and Ciaran Davis (Project Officer).


Seán Cannon. Lead singer of the Dubliners. Interviewed for the project.

Seeking British Korean War veterans for film project



The Legasee Educational Trust Links up with the Korean War Legacy Foundation for Educational Project Covering Three Continents.

The Legasee Educational Trust is looking for Korean War Veterans from across the UK to come forward and share their experiences of the often forgotten conflict for a major new oral history project that will see British contributors added to the Korean War Legacy Foundations international digital memorial archive.

The New York-based Korean War Legacy Foundation, Inc. (KWLF) has sponsored the Legasee Educational Trust to film the oral accounts of British Korean War Veterans for their digital memorial, which hosts around 800 in-depth interviews with Korean War vets and 6,000 historical artefacts related to the conflict (http://kwvdm.org).

The British Veteransoral histories will complement the existing archive, which is used for educational projects including providing digital teaching materials, hosting annual teacher conferences and running educational trips to Korea.

The project follows the success last year of the Legasee Educational Trusts Korea The Forgotten War project, which collected the personal testimonies of 50 veterans from the North West of England for a digital archive that formed an invaluable insight into first-hand experiences of the war. This was accompanied by a local schools project, teaching resources and an exhibition at the Tameside Local Studies and Archive Centre.

Jongwoo Han, President of the Korean War Legacy Foundation said: We are very excited at the prospect of receiving the stories of Korean War Veterans from Great Britain, the second largest force to fight in the Korean War. The stories will be a great boost to our archive and help to bring together educators and teachers from three countries the Republic of Korea, the UK and the USA.

Legasee Trustee Martin Bisiker said: We are extremely keen to record the personal stories of British veterans who were involved in a war that is too often forgotten for this very special project. We know there must be lots of people out there with stories to tell and we are very keen to hear from them. If you know of anyone who was involved in the conflict then please encourage them to step forward so their voices can be heard for future generations across the world to discover and learn from.

If you know of anybody who served in the Korean War and has a story to tell, please contact the Legasee Educational Trust at martin@legasee.org.uk. Filming is expected to commence from September 2017.

About Legasee Educational Trust:

Legasee Educational Trust is a charity set up to record the experiences and observations of all veterans of conflict from WWII until present day. To create the largest online film archive of this aspect of our social history that can be used for education, learning and better understanding for todays generation and many generations to come. Legasees film archive is well regarded and used to support

Legasee Educational Trust is a Registered Charity No.1145354


2018 Training Course and Apprenticeship Scheme, Reminiscence Arts in Dementia Care


The European Reminiscence Network announces a new Training Course and Apprenticeship Scheme in Reminiscence Arts in Dementia Care – in partnership with the University of Greenwich

This training course and apprenticeship scheme will be of interest to arts practitioners, community arts workers, occupational and arts therapists, group workers, reminiscence practitioners, staff from health and social care services who are interested and/or experienced in positive approaches to dementia care

2-day Training course in reminiscence arts in dementia care

You are invited to apply for a 2-day training course to be held at the University of Greenwich.

Venue: The Drama Building, The Old Baths, Bathway, Woolwich, London SE18 6QX

Dates: Thursday 18th January and Friday 19th January 2018

Time: 9:30 – 17:00

This experiential course will be led by highly experienced reminiscence arts practitioners and trainers, with input from volunteers and former carers. It will be certificated by the European Reminiscence Network.

4-month apprenticeship scheme in reminiscence arts in dementia care

Up to 10 places are available for trainees on the above course to join the new apprenticeship scheme for people who wish to become accredited facilitators of reminiscence groups for people with dementia and their carers.

The apprenticeship scheme involves attending, observing and participating in at least 6 out of 10 weekly group sessions of the “Remembering Yesterday, Caring Today” (RYCT) project involving local people with dementia and their family carers. There are a further 2-3 sessions which will be led by the apprentices working in small teams. These sessions will be held in Camden from January 22nd onwards, on Monday afternoons from 13.30 to 17.00.

Those who wish to become European Reminiscence Network accredited facilitators will also be required to give evidence of their ability to observe and reflect on the project through a written response, or an audio or video diary capturing the participants’ experience of the project, reflecting on the content and impact of the sessions and how far they have met the needs of the participants. They will also be asked to help to prepare a piece of art based on reminiscence for one of the families attending the sessions. Those successfully completing these requirements will receive accreditation as RYCT facilitators from the European Reminiscence Network. Further details are available on request.

This training and apprenticeship scheme is part of a 10-country partnership supported by the EU with a view to extending and sharing the European Reminiscence Network’s recent experience of running a successful 2-year project, “Remembering Together: Reminiscence Training for people with dementia and their family carers” (RTRT & RYCTT). See www.rememberingtogether.eu

The cost of the 2-day training is £120, and for those joining the apprenticeship scheme, there will be a further £120 fee towards the support and evaluation provided by course leaders. There is a small bursary fund so we can offer some places at a reduced rate.

Please write to Pam Schweitzer at pam@pamschweitzer.com indicating your interest in the training course or your interest and availability for the training course and apprenticeship scheme together, enclosing a CV.

An online version of this document can be downloaded at:  www.pamschweitzer.com/2018-Training-01.pdf  




Advanced oral history training courses, OHS


The British Library and the Oral History Society are running a series of advanced oral history training courses in the coming months. Places can be booked through the Oral History Society website.

These courses include Developing your Oral History Skills (for those who have conducted 5 or more interviews), Lives in Focus (recording oral history interviews on video), and Transcript to Script (turning oral histories into plays for stage and radio). We are also running a re-vamped and up to date course in Digital Editing, back for the first time since 2013. This course provides a hands on introduction to the principles and techniques of digitally editing oral history interviews for use in exhibitions, websites, and more.

Digital Editing

  • 11th October, 2017 (British Library, London)
  • 14th February, 2018 (British Library, London

Book here.

Developing your Oral History Skills

  • 22nd September, 2017 (British Library, London)
  • 23rd March, 2018 (Showroom, Sheffield)

Book here.

Lives in Focus

  • 28th November, 2017 (British Library, London)

Book here.

Transcript to Script

  • 29th November, 2017 (British Library, London)

Book here.