Discovering the Guildhall (Portsmouth)


Volunteer Duties: Oral History Timed Summary Volunteers and Archive Cataloguing Volunteers Needed!

The Guildhall, Portsmouth has a rich and varied past having housed Portsmouth Police Station and cells, been a civic centre for the city, was bombed during WWII, rebuilt and is now a Grade II listed building. As a music venue it has hosted famous ‘names’ including Ella Fitzgerald, Shirley Bassey, The Who, The Beatles, and so on, and it was the venue Pink Floyd first played Dark Side of the Moon. Politically and socially it has a very interesting history having been visited by Churchill, Moseley, and Christabel Pankhurst to figures such as President Clinton, Princess Diana, Thatcher, and members of the royal family.

The Discovering the Guildhall project focusses on capturing people’s memories of the Guildhall, gathering archive material, cataloguing and digitising these items to create an online resource. We are creating two short documentary films, an exhibition, and have delivered an outreach programme.

Oral History Timed Summary Volunteers:

As part of this project we have been gathering local residents memories through oral history interviews and we are now looking for volunteers to produce timed summaries.

If you have experience that would be helpful, however, we can provide training if not.

Oral history recordings will be emailed to you at home and completed timed summaries sent to the project team so you do not need to travel to the Guildhall.

Archive Cataloguing Volunteers:

As part of this project we have been gathering archive material (e.g. photographs, letters, documents about the rebuilding of the Guildhall after the bombing, concert tickets, programmes etc. ) and have had some items generously donated to us. We now need to catalogue all of the archive material before digitising it and making it available to people online via our website.

Ideally we are looking for one or two volunteers with cataloguing experience which they can bring to the project, as well as volunteers with no previous experience but who are interested in learning.

Organisation: The Guildhall Trust, Portsmouth Guildhall, PO1 2AB

Location: Archiving and oral history interviewing at Portsmouth Guildhall. Summarising interviews at home.
Expenses: Travel and parking expenses

Contact Name: Nicola Peacock
Email Address:

Closing Date of Project: April 2020

Call for Applications: Volunteer Regional Networkers East of England (Essex area)

Call for Applications: 

Volunteer Regional Networker East of England (Essex area)

The Oral History Society is recruiting 1 new networker based in the East of England (Essex area) to join the Society’s Regional Network.

The OHS Regional Network consists of a group of accredited members of the Oral History Society (OHS) who volunteer to act as a point of contact for anyone seeking information about oral history. OHS Regional Networkers actively encourage and support the development and use of oral history in their own locality while highlighting the need to adhere to the good practice and ethical guidelines of the OHS. They respond to inquiries and share their knowledge, expertise and passion for oral history.

Experience Required: We invite oral history practitioners with at least 3 years’ experience of working with oral history in some or any of the following areas:

  • Museums
  • Sound Archives
  • Education and Schools
  • Community projects, especially National Heritage Lottery Fund ones
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Digital Media for dissemination

Candidates should be:

  • a paid member of the OHS
  • willing to respond to inquiries from members of the public about oral history
  • able to provide advice on best practice and ethical guidelines
  • willing to actively encourage and support oral history in your region
  • able to attend a minimum of one annual regional networker event every three years

As a Networker you will:

  • be part of a supportive and friendly network of experienced practitioners from across the country
  • be able to draw on the collective expertise of and join discussions with other networkers through the
  • Virtual Network e-discussion list
  • be able to participate in CPD events such as the annual network event

If you’re interested in applying for the role, please contact (advert closes 2nd August 2019):

Regional Network Co-ordinator, Juliana Vandegrift:

Or Deputy Regional Network Co-ordinator, Padmini Broomfield: 

For more information about the Regional Network, visit:

Regional Network