Out of Town Museum Project Co-ordinator (Alnwick and Coquetdale, Northumberland)


An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic Project Co-ordinator to join Bailiffgate Museum & Gallery to deliver the Heritage Lottery Funded ‘Out of Town Museum’ project. The Out of Town (OOT) Museum is a new project that will celebrate the rural heritage of Coquetdale, with a focus on routes, journeys and travelling. OOT will collect and record memories and stories told in the local voice, along with photographs, audio, documents and other artefacts. New heritage records will be created and archived and local voices and dialect will be celebrated.

OOT will deliver a varied programme of events to engage audiences of all ages and backgrounds to encourage participation in and contribution to the OOT Museum as well as learning about the area’s heritage. Once this wonderful history is collected we will create high-quality interpretation which will culminate in a touring
exhibition celebrating our rural heritage and sharing local voices, memories and stories.

Based at Bailiffgate Museum & Gallery, the Project Co-ordinator will manage a team of volunteers to deliver an outstanding programme of activity that will research and archive local stories and celebrate the rural heritage of Upper Coquetdale.

Post Duration: 42 months
Post Hours: 22 per week
Salary:£22,000 – £24,000 p.a. pro rata (plus 5% stakeholder pension payable after a 3 month probationary period)
Application Closing Date: Monday 12th November, 12 noon

More information can be found here: https://bailiffgatemuseum.co.uk/images/editor/OOT%20Application%20Pack.pdf

AHRC-funded PhD studentship: Cross Community Oral History, Post-Conflict Geography and Conflict Resolution at West Belfast Interfaces (Brighton)


Applications are invited for an AHRC-funded PhD at the University of Brighton: “Cross-Community Oral History, Post-Conflict Geography and Conflict Resolution at West Belfast Interfaces”. This is offered under the TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership Awards scheme. The partner institutions are the University of Brighton and Falls Community Council in West Belfast. This full-time studentship is funded for three years at standard AHRC rates. The successful applicant will be jointly based at the Centre for Memory, Narrative and Histories in Brighton and the Dúchas Oral History Archive in Belfast. Candidates must be available to begin on 7th January 2019.

This studentship will investigate, evaluate and contribute to further development of the Dúchas Oral History Archive as a tool for conflict resolution and reconciliation in West Belfast. The Archive contains several collections of oral history interviews from residents at the interfaces between the unionist Shankill and nationalist Divis, Clonard and Springfield areas of the city. Drawing on, and contributing to, current academic scholarship on life history and memory of conflict, post-conflict geography, and conflict resolution, the project will critically explore the strategies and practices of history-making and memory-work devised by Dúchas to build relationships across divisions and to acknowledge and deal with a conflicted history. It will examine the Archive’s conception of the relationship between oral history and conflict resolution, and its role in the societal and policy conversation about the significance of storytelling work in dealing with the past. Through detailed engagement with the narratives collected in the Archive, it will pioneer their use in making an interpretative history of experiences and memories of ‘place’ on both sides of the interfaces before, during and after the Northern Irish Troubles.

Post Location: University of Brighton
Post Duration: 36 months
Post Hours: Full time 
Salary:£14,777 plus £550 additional stipend payment for Collaborative Doctoral Students

Application Closing Date: 31 October 2018, 5pm

For more information and application details, please go to:  https://www.brighton.ac.uk/research-and-enterprise/postgraduate-research-degrees/funding-opportunities-and-studentships/2018-cross-community-oral-history.aspx

Living Levels Landscape Partnership – Oral History Project Lead (self-employed contractor) (Gwent )


The Living Levels Partnership team is looking to contract the services of an expert in Oral History to provide training and supervision of volunteers participating in the Living Levels LLS-3 ‘Stories from the Levels’ project.

Background information about the project

The purpose of the project is to record and interpret the history of the Gwent Levels through working with its communities and by creating sustainable partnerships with the individuals, organisations and community groups within it.

Through oral history recordings and the production of a touring exhibition consisting of people’s stories, archive material, photographs, film, and other outputs as decided by the communities, the project will involve local people in finding out about the Levels’ significance and enable them to disseminate the story in an engaging manner.

As well as being inherently interesting stories to record and archive, the stories that will be told are also likely to convey more recent memories which will explore how different resident Levels communities have experienced the significant changes to the Levels landscape character as brought about by the building of major industry infrastructure such as Usk Power Station, the Steelworks and the Railway tunnel under the Severn. Transcribing these experiences will not only generate rich and interesting stories to help bring the history of the Levels to life for use by the partnership during its Events, it will also help build a picture of the emotional response to the cumulative impacts of major development in the landscape over time.

The Stories from the Levels project aims to:

• Preserve the history and personal stories of the Levels for future generations and record oral histories before they are lost from within the ageing population
• Inspire communities through creatively promoting the cultural heritage of the Levels and the importance of its maintenance
• Engage people in the ‘manmade’ story of how the Levels has evolved
• Use the stories to develop ‘characters’ from the Levels which may be developed into ‘People of the Levels’ sculptures (LLDM-1) to enhance discovery and enjoyment of the Levels story by visitors
• Equip volunteers with new skills
• Enable communities to actively maintain the Levels for their future.
• Improve the collective understanding of experiences of development in the Levels as lived by long-established Levels communities

The Stories of the Levels project will be shaped and influenced by community participants. Therefore the outputs created as part of the project will be determined by and subject to their wishes. Consequently, the outputs described below are indicative and may change or develop throughout the duration of the project.
The overall aim of the project is that the awareness of the cultural heritage of the Levels will be raised and promoted to the local and wider community, by the community.

Success by the end of the project would include achievement of the following:

• Research undertaken into the past and present of the Gwent Levels – to create an overview of the area’s history and the significance of its history.
• Mapping of the collections, photographs, archival material, etc. of relevance to this story – both within the public domain and in private hands.
• Collecting of oral history recordings from current and previous residents, landowners, workers and users of the Levels area.
• Creation of digital trails for use in public events and information leaflets to allow users to actively engage with the history of the Levels .
• Production of a touring exhibition, to be displayed in 4 different locations across the Levels area
• 8 public events – including lectures
• Recruitment and training of 4 lead community engagement assistants and at least 15 volunteers
• Content made accessible on People’s Collection Wales (50 items)
• Material culture, artefacts, archives and oral histories accessioned into relevant public collections (local museums and archive services)
• Target of at least 25 oral history recordings
• Digitisation of tapes sent to project
• Delivery of training courses on oral history, text writing and interpretation, and social media to Community Engagement Officer and volunteers.


The following work will be carried out by the Contractor on behalf of the Engager as per the brief:
• Work with Cardiff Story Museum to define the necessary specification for the digital outputs of the projects and design an appropriate training programme for volunteers
• Recruitment, training and professional supervision of the oral history volunteers (including training up four Community Engagement Assistants to manage smaller groups of volunteers)
• Procuring the necessary equipment to record oral histories (specification to be provided by Cardiff Story Museum)
• Accompanying the volunteers at a series of events and community venues to record oral histories within the local community – ensuring that these are recorded and transcribed to a sufficient quality standard to be accessioned in to local collections (Cardiff Story, Gwent Archives and Peoples Collection Wales as a minimum)
• Working with the Community Engagement Officer and volunteers, overseeing the development of a touring exhibition exploring key themes teased out in the oral histories to be toured at a minimum of 4 local venues
• Delivering 8 events to recruit participants, promote the project, and engage with local communities about the project content
• Working with the wider Living Levels team to ensure that the outputs from the LLS3 project are made available to scheme partners to inform new interpretation
• Preparing materials for transfer and accession into the relevant legacy body at the end of the scheme
• Working to standards as set out in HLF’s ‘Oral History Best Practice Guidelines’
• Encouraging and inspiring volunteers to get involved in all parts of the scheme
• Acting as an ambassador for the LLLP and making public appearances on request
As this is a project working with volunteers and the public, weekend and evening work is likely.
Required knowledge and experience
• Expertise in oral history audio and film recording, interviewing, editing, cataloging and archiving (essential)
• Experience of public engagement and training (essential)
• Experience of developing exhibitions and materials for public exhibition reaching a wide variety of target audiences (essential)
• Experience in developing and leading volunteer heritage projects (essential)
• Familiarity with local museum services (essential)
• Familiarity with HLF Oral History Good Practice Guide (essential)
• Experience of working with harder to reach groups (desirable)
• Knowledge of the history and communities of the Gwent Levels (desirable)
• High level of competency in both spoken and written Welsh (desirable)
The work will be carried out by the named Contractor appointed, who may also sub-contract all or any part of the work to someone else, with the written agreement of the engager.
The services will be delivered between (November 2019 and June 2020) or until terminated by two weeks’ prior written notice by either party or by mutual agreement or any other arrangement agreed.


Flexible – there is a partnership office at Pye Corner with a meeting room that can be booked for volunteer training but the consultant is not expected to be based out of the office. Similarly, Cardiff Story Museum in Cardiff city Centre may act as a training venue but the intent is for local community halls to be used to meet and train volunteers, and the whole landscape will be explored over the year and a half period. Events will take place at venues made available by the partners including but not exclusively Newport Wetlands, Magor Marsh, Tredegar House and Council-owned venues.


The oral historian may be required to work with young people and vulnerable adults during the project and as such must provide proof of an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) certificate and current registration with the Update Service and give permission for the RSPB to check their status through the Update Service. If that is not possible then prior to work commencing we will require the Oral Historian to complete an Enhanced DBS check (through the RSPB), to register with the Update Service and give permission for the RSPB to check their status through the Update Service. The costs of this will need to be covered by the Oral Historian. The Oral Historian will also be expected to comply with the RSPB Safeguarding Policy and undertake/or demonstrate that they have had appropriate Safeguarding training for this role.


The maximum total budget for the project will be £54,000 and includes all costs of professional supervision, training, equipment and materials for staff and volunteers, touring exhibition materials, events and publications (translation of materials can be covered from a separate budget– all exhibited materials must be available in English and Welsh).

The budget must include the following guide costs:
1. £3000 for recording equipment and transcription software
2. £10,000 for the touring exhibition, including publicity and marketing materials
3. £4000 for volunteer training and volunteer expenses
4. A provision for Travel and subsistence

Available materials
• General information about the Living Levels Partnership will be made available by the Programme Manager
• All project plans will be made available to successful agency including anticipated outputs and outcomes – the project plan for LLS3 is appended to this document;
• The Living Levels Landscape Conservation Action Plan (available to download on the Living Levels website_ https://www.livinglevels.org.uk/documents-library/
• HLF guidance on Landscape Partnership Schemes http://www.hlf.org.uk/looking-funding/our-grant-programmes/landscape-partnerships

Contract management

This contract will be managed by the Living Levels Programme Manager, employed by RSBP Cymru for the Living Levels Partnership.

Post Location: Post will cover the whole of the Gwent Levels landscape 
Post Duration: 18 months
Post Hours: Flexible – TBD per week
Salary: This is for a self-employed contractor; total budget os £54,000 but this includes all project costs.

Application Closing Date: 15/10/2018

For further information please go to: https://www.livinglevels.org.uk/news/2018/8/31/calling-all-oral-history-professionals

Farmland Voices


Project summary

Back in 1970 my son was given a tape recorder and his Great Aunt suggested he interview some of her friends (born before WW1) as each would have a story to tell.  The family collected old farm machines and memorabilia which became known as the Farmland Museum (now at Denny Abbey near Cambridge). Interest was taken in the collection and a neighbour, Professor Margaret Spufford, realised these ‘old fen boys’ and their way of living was dying out and she managed to get a grant from the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Trust to cover the costs of listening posts in the museum so that visitors could ‘tune in’  and hear the dialect and stories. For many years I used excerpts from the tapes when I gave talks to organisations such as Women’s Insititute, Over Sixties clubs etc. and I used many of the stories in publications such as Bog Oak Country and Ten Miles from Ely. A chance comment on local Cambridge Radio resulted in the offer from a listener to digitise the cassettes and now the whole world can listen to interviews started by a schoolboy in 1970.

Listen here: www.farmlandvoices.org.uk

Over a dozen booklets have been produced by Lorna Delanoy from the collection, including Women’s Work is Never Done, History of a Village Museum, Village Voices.

For more information please contact Lorna Delanoy: lorna.delanoy@aol.co.uk


OHS at 50 survey – tell us which OHJ articles have influenced you


In 2019, the Oral History Journal will turn 50 years old and we are marking the occasion with fiftieth anniversary celebratory events for the Oral History Society as a whole to include:

  • A celebratory event and anniversary party
  • The launch of a new Oral History Society archive at the British Library
  • Online edited audio highlights from the ‘Oral History of Oral History’ project, featuring pioneers and practitioners of UK oral history over 50 years
  • And a special online edition of ‘Oral History’: it’s this I’m contacting you about now.

Oral History Journal is seeking nominations of the most important and influential articles the Journal has published in the last fifty years.

This is your chance to let us know which articles from the OHJ have influenced you and your approaches to oral history. Which have inspired you? Which have challenged you? Which are your favourites? Which do your recommend to others (and why?).

Here’s an online survey. It only takes a few minutes: http://www.ohs.org.uk/oral-history-journal-50-nominate-an-article/

We’ll publish the best responses and the authors of these will be invited to the anniversary party! Keep an eye out for more details of the special events for OHS@50.

Thank you.

On behalf of the Oral History Journal


Oral History and Data Protection


The Oral History Society has recently published Data Protection advice and guidelines for oral historians and organisations holding oral history interviews. It can be found here: http://www.ohs.org.uk/advice/data-protection/

In response to GDPR, the Society has also updated its Privacy and Data Storage Policy with information to clarify how it collects, stores and uses personal data. You can read the new Privacy Notice here:  http://www.ohs.org.uk/about/privacy/

Oral History Co-ordinator, Canari Project (Blackwood, Caerphilly)


Volunteer Duties

– Are you looking for a heritage project to develop your creative audio skills?

– Are you interested in gaining experience in co-ordinating the work of volunteers?

– Are you passionate about creating platforms for unheard voices and perspectives?

The Canari Project is looking for an Oral History Co-ordinator interested in organising a team to gather oral histories, working with our disabled participants and volunteers to record contributions from ex-miners and others across the Caerphilly valley and surrounding boroughs.

The role includes organising volunteers, contacting contributors, arranging and recording interviews and cataloguing audio (editing and crafting sound-pieces can be incorporated in the role too if you are interested). Training and support will be provided. We’re a small team and all work together, aiming to maximise the positive outcomes for all our participants.

Who we are

The Canari project is an exciting community history venture that is looking at the history of disability in local heavy industries from 1850 to the present day. Most importantly, the project aims to use the insight of our volunteers and participants in their own experiences of disability to see how the challenges have shaped and changed our community. We are a Heritage Lottery Funded project run by the charity Disability Can Do.

You will be helping to support a team of disabled people who are working with archives and local heritage centres to uncover the experiences of disabled people in industry. We are doing this by gathering archived documents and photographs, traditional songs, poetry and personal stories. These personal stories – oral histories – are a vital element. Our participants will have the chance to use the material gathered in creative workshops to produce digital stories to present their findings. The finished results will be shared through a pop-up exhibition, school presentations, on-line digital stories and at community events.

Our participants have received basic training in gathering oral histories from People’s Collection Wales, Our links with ex-miner groups, Swansea University, and other contacts mean we are building a list of contributors to interview. All we need now is a dedicated volunteer to assist in co-ordinating the process of setting up and managing an exciting schedule of recordings!

The Role on Offer

The main focus for this role will be running the oral history project by co-ordinating our volunteers, contacting contributors and organising recording sessions. We can offer training and advice on oral history, provided by People’s Collection Wales, as well as support and training in working with volunteers. This role offers a real opportunity to take part in an important project uncovering an overlooked past.


– You should have a lively interest in people and enjoy helping groups to work together.

– You need an interest in history and particularly oral history, storytelling and narrative.

– No formal qualifications are required and this opportunity is open to all experience levels, (though any previous audio recording and/or editing skills would be much appreciated).

– You will need to have a suitable grasp of English language. Welsh language skills are always an asset however most interviews will be conducted in English.

Time Commitment

Minimum 7 hours per week. This can be a mixture of in the office/at home or on visits. This role will extend through the summer period until September. The role is offered on an unpaid voluntary basis.

How to apply

If you are interested in becoming involved, get in touch by telephoning Disability Can Do on 01495 233555 or email Eleanor.Hill@disabilitycando.org.uk    

Write a covering email explaining your previous experience and why you’re interested in working with us (you can send a CV if you like) but please feel free to ring up for a chat first. It would be very useful if you could tell us the days and times you are generally available.

Out of pocket expenses that can be paid

Lunch and travel expenses will be paid for off-site visits. Subsistence up to £5 a day can be claimed back as well as expenses for travel to the office.

Training offered

This opportunity will involve:

– Training in oral history techniques, methods, ethics

– Training in logging and cataloguing recordings

– Developing your historical research and media production skills



WWII Front line Kent Childhoods (Folkstone, Hythe, Margate, Ramsgate)


Organisation: Pavement Pounders Community Interest Company

Volunteer Duties: We are seeking two young adults aged 18-25 from each of the seaside towns of Folkestone, Hythe (Kent), Margate and Ramsgate to assist with oral history interviews and filming in early 2019 after having attended our training workshops (see Volunteering Training Opportunities box below).

A brief description of the project:
WWII Front-Line Kent Childhoods A Pavement Pounders CIC Project

Life for young people in Kent seaside towns under fire, during WWII. The towns chosen are Folkestone, Hythe, Margate and Ramsgate. Prompted by being sent unsolicited audio files made by locals about childhood encounters with V1 rockets in Folkestone when the current TV news was full of reports of the suffering of children in Syria. The accounts we were sent highlighted the contrast between the towns’ pre- and post-war role as holiday destinations welcoming visitors with their wartime role as restricted areas repelling attack. With the help of local young people we shall gather the memories of those who lived their childhood years in these seaside towns during WWII experiencing the attacks from across the channel. We are a community interest company based in Folkestone on the Kent coast. We devise and manage heritage and arts projects.

This project is supported by Kent County Council and the Big Lottery

Training Opportunities: We offer young adults aged 18-25 two training workshops which shall be held in Folkestone and or Ramsgate depending on take up. One on oral history interviewing techniques, the other on using video for heritage projects. The workshops will take place between September and December 2018.

Expenses: We shall pay reasonable pre-agreed travel expenses.

Closing Date of Project: May 2019

Rainbow Pilgrims – Preparing LGBTQI collections for deposit (London)


Archive Skills – Preparing LGBTQI collections for deposit – looking for volunteers – Training provided!

Organisation: Rainbow Pilgrims: The Rites and Passages of LGBTQI Migrants in the UK Project
Address: The Montagu Centre, 21 Maple St, London, W1T 4BE

Webpage: https://www.rainbowpilgrims.com/event/archiveskills/

Volunteer Duties: You will be expected to hone your (new) skills and help with Rainbow Pilgrims archival work (eg cataloguing, preparing collection for deposit); minimum amount of volunteering hours 1.5/week for 4-8 weeks from 14 May 2018 onwards at the LMA and other London (office at W1T 4BE) or PC-home based locations. You may be invited to work also on finalising the deposit of our other two collections Rainbow Jews and Twilight People, as the collections are connected.

This is a fantastic hands-on skills exchange opportunity, and a great opportunity to network and gain skills from senior archivists and be part of a landmark oral history project.

Location: The London Metropolitan Archives

Training Opportunities: Free Training/Induction for volunteers will be provided on 12 May 2018, 11-4pm, at the London Metropolitan Archives.

Training content: introduction to archives & exploring LGBTQ records to gain a general understanding of archives and their importance to learn about record types normally encountered through original examples, to gain an understanding of potential issues concerning use of original documents and recordings including ownership and copyright, to gain knowledge of key fundamental archival principles and ethics, to know how to advise private individuals if they have records and want to know more about how to care for them, to learn about how to care for and organise your collections.

Expenses: Reasonable travel expenses

Lunch packs (full day £10)

Archive materials expenses reimbursed

Closing Date of Project: 30 June 2018

Resorting to the Coast (Clacton-on-Sea/National)

Resorting to the Coast is a wonderful Heritage Lottery Funded project to promote the colourful seaside resorts of the Tendring coast in Essex.

We are seeking tenacious and proactive volunteers for two styles of roles which play a crucial and valuable part in making our oral history interviews accessible to the wider public:
– Sound editors
– Typing/producing oral history interview summaries

Ideally you will already have experience in these fields but if you are a fresh beginner – we can provide training if you’ve not done this before and you’ll need to be able to travel to Tendring or London.

About the project:
Resorting to the Coast has several different activities to engage with the public including oral history interviewing, seaside entertainments, a school programme, a travelling exhibition of coastal curiosities, two conferences, heritage walking trails, an online compendium of Tendring’s seaside heritage plus more!

Tendring’s coastal resorts played a key role in the establishment of the nostalgic ‘British Seaside Holiday’ since they became popular in the late Victorian era.

Location of position: Home based with own laptop/PC
Training Opportunities: We can provide technical training for editing oral history recordings and guidance on how to produce interview summaries.
Expenses: We can reimburse reasonable travel expenses if required and out of pocket expenses incurred by volunteers for attending training sessions.

Further information for Resorting to the Coast and details of how to apply to volunteer can be found here:  https://www.tendringcoastalheritage.org.uk/

Closing Date of Project: 31st July 2019

For more information, please contact Juliana Vandegrift:  juliana.vandegrift@essex.gov.uk

Organisation: Essex County Council, Town Hall, Station Road, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, CO15 1SE 

​Twitter handle is @RTTC and #ResortingtotheCoast

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/resortingtothecoast/?modal=admin_todo_tour

“The ‘Discovery’ of India in the long 1960s”: A Study of Transnational Youth Cultures in Western Europe, the United States and India


Taking up the historico-cultural thesis of value change and the “life-style revolution” in the long 1960s, this research project will explore the cultural effects of travel and temporary migration to India among the youth of the 1960s and 1970s and its effects on popular culture (i.e. music, nutrition styles, body cultures, alternative tourism, fashion, the transformation of religion in everyday life).

The project links the history of transnational youth culture, oral history, and research on self-narratives and relates them to autobiographical memory and the impact of traveling and migration on youth cultures. It is intended to contribute to the cultural history of the 1960s and 1970s, the history of tourism and migration, and the transformation of religion in contemporary history.

Did you travel to India in the 1960s and 1970s?

The project is seeking witnesses in the UK who traveled to India in the 1960s and 1970s who are willing to take part in an oral history interview. The interviews usually take 30-45 minutes. Skype and FaceTime interviews are possible but I will also be traveling in the UK in June/July 2018 and could meet interviewees in person. If you are willing to share your experience, know of someone who might be interested in talking to me, or would like more information, please contact me at: isabel.richter@berkeley.edu

Isabel Richter
DAAD Professor
University of California Berkeley
Department of History
3229 Dwinelle Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720