Juliana Vandegrift

Address: Based in Ipswich

Roles within the OHS:
  • Regional Network Coordinator for the Oral History Society
  • Regional Networker for East of England (Suffolk)
  • Trustee of the Oral History Society
Current professional role:

Project Manager & interviewer for Gurkha Stories.

Institution:

Freelance/independent.

Current projects:

I am currently Project Manager for an oral history project called Gurkha Stories. My role was to secure funding for the project and then to deliver 20 interviews with retired Gurkha veterans in Colchester, train volunteers to record interviews, produce a film with the air cadets, a website, an exhibition at Colchester Castle Museum, a book and a school learning resource for KS3.

Previous projects:

My roles have been to interview and/or project manage the following oral history projects:

  • Colchester Castle Museum (Garrison Project)
  • Legasee Educational Trust (Berlin Airlift Project)
  • V&A Museum of Childhood (British Toy Making Project)
  • Cambridge University Press (Interviews with former employees)
  • Norfolk County Council (Time and Tide Museum)
  • CoastNet (Holding Back the Tide Jaywick Project – produced two short films)
  • Eastern Angles Theatre (Getting Here play)
  • Pascal Theatre (Secret Listeners Project)
  • National Horse Racing Museum (Palace Voices)
  • Suffolk Coastal District Council (Ebb and Flow)
Expertise:

Since I completed my MA in Life History Research at Sussex University in 2008 I’ve been fortunate enough to work on a wide variety of amazing oral history projects with museums, schools, charities and individual companies. When I started out with my career in this field I never imagined the incredibly diverse and fascinating range of subjects I would be introduced to!

My roles are usually as project manager, interviewer or trainer for groups of volunteers in oral history interviewing techniques. I have practical experience of the competencies required for working on Heritage Lottery funded projects because most of my projects in recent years have been funded by HLF or similar bodies. I’m also very keen on keeping my knowledge of oral history up to date and sharing best practice for interview techniques and ethical guidelines. I enjoy seeing our interviews used with the new digital platforms emerging today.

Contact email:

 

juliana.vandegrift@btinternet.com.

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