Landmark LGBTQI migrant project: Volunteers wanted to conduct oral history interviews (London)


Liberal Judaism, Rainbow Pilgrims project
21 Maple Street, The Montagu Centre, London, W1T 4BE


Details of Volunteer Post:

Volunteer Duties: Volunteers wanted to conduct oral history interviews, and transcribe and edit results (transcription summary with verbatim quotes only).

Rainbow Pilgrims is a landmark project that discovers the hidden history of LGBTQI migrants in the UK past and present. This initiative explores the interconnection between faith, sexuality, gender and ethnicity using oral history recording (audio and a/v), photography and other media.

We intend to record and process 30 interviews by the end of summer 2017; for those who’d like to continue we will have a variety of ‘skills-sharing’ opportunities from autumn 2017 in order to create an exhibition, run a symposium and a variety of pop-up events across Britain and finally preparing the collection for deposit at the London Metropolitan Archives.

We are an inclusive project and everyone is welcome.

Full training provided (optional).

Starting: now (12 March 2017) for a minimum of 6 months, flexible hours and time commitment.
Location: London and remote (depends on UK interview location)
Training Opportunities: Oral History Interviewing
Training : Sunday 12 March 2017, 11am-5pm (arrive at 10:30 for registration)
at a Central London venue.
Facilitator: Verusca Calabria (Heritage Consultant, Trustee of the OHS)

The training is designed to suit all levels and is tailormade for this project.
Certificates available on request.
Expenses: Reasonable travel expenses (not accommodation).
Other out-of-pocket expenses

Closing Date of Project: June 2018

Telephone: 02075801663



This guide is for people who record oral history interviews, and organisations and individuals who keep collections of oral history recordings in the four nations of the United Kingdom. England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland comprise the UK and amongst them have three legal systems. However so far as the law is referred to in this document it is safe to assume that all come within the wider context of UK and European law. The Oral History Society promotes the use of oral history techniques to record the memories of those whose life stories would otherwise be lost to future generations, and encourages researchers and teachers to make use of oral history in their work.

It is essential that interviewees should have confidence and trust in interviewers, and that recordings should be available for research and other use within a legal and ethical framework which protects the interests of interviewees. The following information and guidelines are aimed at ensuring that these objectives are achieved.

Anyone involved with the creation and preservation of oral history interviews should take steps to safeguard their reputation for trustworthiness. This means ensuring that what they do is within the various UK and European laws that apply to oral history and that they have not been acting illegally. Oral historians generally speaking have a good reputation in this respect. This guidance is therefore offered as reassurance and advice to both interviewers and interviewees.

The Oral History Society believes that, while oral history work must comply with the law, legal requirements alone do not provide an adequate framework for good practice. No UK law was designed specifically to regulate oral history work; in fact no law even mentions it. Beyond legal considerations we have long held the view that oral historians should abide by a voluntary set of ethical guidelines.

For these reasons this guide covers responsibilities and obligations beyond legal requirements. Members of the Oral History Society, including those who are custodians, archivists and librarians, have agreed to abide by these guidelines.

The guidance reflects the workflow of a typical oral history interview. Much of the legal and technical detail is available not within the main guidance text but via hypertext links so that the key steps and terms can be understood and followed. There are also links to sample documents and resources.