The History of Parliament Trust’s Oral History Project (London and UK-wide)


The History of Parliament Trust
18 Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1A 2NS

Volunteer Duties: The History of Parliament Trust’s oral history project is looking for more volunteers to interview former MPs about their lives and experiences.

Our oral history project has been underway since 2011. We now have over 180 interviews in our archive, held with our partners at the British Library, mostly undertaken by volunteers. We aim to produce life story interviews of former MPs and so our interviews ask about early life experiences, inspiration to enter politics and life after Parliament, as well as day-to-day life in Westminster and major political events.

We would love to hear from those with an interest in political history and experience in oral history, although this is not essential as full training will be provided. We are especially keen to hear from volunteers in the North, Midlands and Wales.

Volunteers will be expected to undertake some research on their interviewee (materials provided by ourselves), conduct interviews and prepare summaries for the archive. Ideally each volunteer will undertake around two interviews a year, which can last for many hours over several sessions.

You can find more information about the project on our website: https://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/research/oral-history

Our blog: https://thehistoryofparliament.wordpress.com/category/oral-history

And listen to many of the interviews undertaken so far on the British Library’s catalogue: https://sounds.bl.uk/Oral-history/The-History-of-Parliament-Oral-History-Project

Please get in touch with Emma Peplow at epeplow@histparl.ac.uk for more information.

Training Opportunities: An introductory training day will be held for all prospective interviewers – we are hoping to hold our next session in spring 2020, time and place dependent on volunteer interest.

Travel expenses will be reimbursed.