Oral History Trainer (up to 3 places)

Oral History Trainer Recruitment 2019

Applications are invited from members of the Oral History Society with the relevant knowledge and experience to become an accredited British Library National Life Stories/Oral History Society trainer. The successful applicant(s) will join the BL/OHS team leading oral history courses around the UK. As demand for oral history training continues to grow, the current training team is seeking experienced trainers to provide training locally and bring new skills to the group.


BL/OHS-accredited oral history trainers are expected to teach at least five to ten one-day workshops per year. The workshops are run in a variety of UK venues and include both programmed courses and courses tailored to the needs of particular clients. All courses are administered by oral history staff from National Life Stories at the British Library. It is our aim to match trainers with a local venue if this is possible, however some workshops may require travel, and evening and weekend work.

From 1 January 2020 payment for the trainer will be £350 per workshop, plus travel expenses, for the programmed courses; and £400 per day for tailored courses plus expenses.

Accredited trainers are members of the OHS-BL Training Liaison Group and are expected to:
– attend the annual OHS-BL Training Liaison Group meeting (part of which will be a trainers’ Continuing Professional Development workshop) at the BL in London (expenses are paid)
– ensure the issue and return of evaluation feedback forms
– teach to an agreed curriculum
– submit an annual report to the OHS Treasurer

The OHS-BL Training Liaison Group is responsible for:
– Setting training fees and remuneration
– Deciding on whether there are vacancies for OHS/BL trainers
– Selecting, appointing and accrediting new trainers based on applicants’ CVs, covering letters, and references
– Designing and reviewing the content of courses to ensure that we are offering up-to-date advice
– Reviewing feedback from participants
– Monitoring the quality of training delivery: reserving the right to withdraw accreditation from individual trainers
– Making recommendations to the Committee of Trustees of the Oral History Society on new course proposals
– Reporting all decisions to the Committee of Trustees of the Oral History Society

Instruction and guidance on the present format and content of the training workshops will be given to the new trainer at an (unpaid, but expenses will be covered) workshop led by members of the current training group. Training materials will be supplied. For more information on the format of existing one-day workshops see the OHS website: www.ohs.org.uk/training/


If you wish to be considered please send a CV (of no more than 2 A4 pages) and a covering statement (of no more than 2 A4 pages), which includes your OHS membership number and shows how you meet the following essential requirements:

– Knowledge of oral history theory and methodology
– Experience of oral history interviewing
– Experience of oral history project management
– Experience of training/teaching (especially in oral history method)
– Knowledge of ethical and legal considerations connected with oral history
– Knowledge and understand of archiving oral history material in a digital environment
– Practical knowledge of digital recording technologies
– Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
– Experience of using audio and possibly video digital editing software

We welcome applications from both all-rounders and those who feel they may be able to offer a particular specialism to the present training programme. Please note that, in addition to the skills outlined above, we are keen to recruit trainers who meet the following desirable criteria:

– With experience of video oral history
– Who are willing to travel
– Who possess a driver’s licence

Please send your CV and covering statement (as PDF documents), together with the names of two referees who would be willing to comment on your oral history work, to: nls@bl.uk by 2pm on Friday 1 November 2019.

Candidates will be notified if they have been invited to an interview by Wednesday 13 November. The interviews will take place at the British Library in London on Wednesday 27 November. The candidates’ travel expenses (excluding overnight stays) will be reimbursed.

Applications will be scored against the job criteria and shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview where they will be asked to make a short presentation.

For more information email nls@bl.uk and your email will be forwarded to the recruitment panel.

IHR/OHS Seminar Co-Convenor Officer (London)

The Oral History Society (OHS) is seeking to recruit a new volunteer to assist with organising and publicising its oral history seminar series.

The role will suit a doctoral student or early career academic working in the field of oral history. It involves helping the series convenors to select seminar speakers and chairs and publicise seminars.

The role is voluntary and the time commitment is flexible. Reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed and the successful applicant will have access to a mentor. The role requires applicants to be based in London.

Closing date: Monday 7 October 2019, 5 p.m.

To apply, please send a CV and a cover letter no longer than 2 sides of A4 to Jenny Harding, email: j.harding@londonmet.ac.uk

If you have any queries about the role, please contact Jenny Harding: j.harding@londonmet.ac.uk . Or Joel Morley: jmorley@essex.ac.uk.

Further details of the role and information on how to apply is available here:


I Dig Canals (Dudley)

Volunteer Duties: Attending some of our reminiscence events, and/or help us at public events when we aim to collect stories of women’s involvement in the campaign to save Black Country canals in the 1960s or 1970s.

Training on Tuesday, 17 September, at Dudley Canal & Tunnel Trust, Birmingham New Road, Dudley, DY1 4SB

Collect stories at our public events and reminiscence events”:

– Saturday & Sunday, 21-22 September, noon-5pm, at Tipton Canal Festival, Tipton Town Centre, DY4 8HE
– Tuesday, 15 October from 10am-12.30pm, at Tipton Library, Unity Walk, Owen Street, Tipton, DY4 8QL
– Saturday & Sunday, 19-20 October, 10am-5pm, at Bonded Warehouse Open Weekend, Stourbridge, DY8 4LU
– Saturday, 26 October from 2-5pm, at Titford Pumphouse, Engine Street, Oldbury, B69 4NL with Birmingham Canal Navigation Society
– Wednesday, 20 November at 7pm for a 7.30pm start, at the Dudley Canal & Tunnel Trust, Birmingham New Road, Dudley, DY1 4SB
Location: Dudley
Training Opportunities: Training on Tuesday, 17 September, at Dudley Canal & Tunnel Trust, Birmingham New Road, Dudley, DY1 4SB

This is a one-day workshop for volunteers who want to be involved with recording for ‘I Dig Canals’. You don’t need any previous experience – the aim of the day is to meet new friends and learn new skills. We will be discussing oral history and its value, having a go with digital recorders, practicing planning and preparing interviews and making some short recordings about people’s canal experiences. Hopefully you will end of the day with the skills and confidence to undertake some of your own interviews at future ‘I Dig Canals’ events.

The day will be run by Julia Letts, an accredited trainer for the Oral History Society.
Expenses: Travel expenses available
Region: West Midlands

Webpage: https://www.facebook.com/alarumtheatre/photos/pcb.10156629551713857/10156629547643857/?type=3&theater

Contact Name: Nadia Stone
Email: idigcanals@alaramtheatre.co.uk

Closing Date of Project: May 2020

Deputy Director (London)


The successful applicant will take forward a strategy to develop and enhance our community heritage provision, and manage a small team of project officers.

Eastside Community Heritage has been working in east London for over 21 years, and during that time we have become one of the nation’s leading community heritage organisations. We established the Hidden-Histories Archive, which today contains over four thousand irreplaceable digitalised oral histories of Londoners.

Post Location: Ilford
Post Duration: 2 years
Post Hours: 35 per week
Salary: £28,000-30,000 per anum pro rata

For more details please go to: www.hidden-histories.org

Application Closing Date: 30/09/2019