Project Oral Historian – Islington’s Pride (London)


Post Description: Islington’s Pride – Preserving, Archiving and Celebrating Islington’s LGBT+ Heritage.

Project Brief for an Oral Historian

1 Client

The London Borough of Islington (LBI), funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF), wishes to hire an Oral Historian to help deliver an important and substantial aspect of the Islington’s Pride LGBT+ heritage project.

2 Aims

Islington’s Pride is an archive for the future. The project is creating an archive focusing on the London Borough of Islington’s LGBT+ heritage. With much of this heritage on the brink of being lost, this project uses the key methods of education, outreach, preservation and exploration to preserve Islington’s LGBT+ history.

3 Background and overview

Islington has a thriving LGBT+ community with an important history going back many decades.

The project has focused on collecting, archiving and sharing material from the LGBT+ community from the late 1940s to the present day. Some of the most important key events in UK LGBT+ history have occurred in Islington, including the first public gay rights protest in Britain, which took place on Highbury Fields (1970), first UK openly gay member of parliament, Chris Smith, MP for Islington South & Finsbury (1984) and first UK legal afterhours club, Trade, an LGBT+ club opened in Clerkenwell (1990), to name but three.

We have concluded that some areas of LGBT+ heritage can only be recorded through oral history. In order to preserve and collect these at-risk histories, we are hiring an Oral Historian (OH) to collect approximately 25 oral histories, which includes approximately 5 video recorded oral histories. The OH will work alongside the Project Manager (PM) to ensure the timely collection, organisation, editing etc. of the oral histories. Both the OH and the PM will be supported by the Volunteers on this project.

This project is in its final year of completion and will fully concluded on December 31st 2020.

4 Requirements of the Oral Historian
• The OH will interview, record and collect, edit and transcribe the oral histories from the persons identified by the PM and the Heritage Team.
• Working alongside the PM to identify the chosen subjects, the OH will coordinate schedules and liaise with subjects to determine when the oral histories will be collected.
• Once oral histories are collected, the OH is expected to time-stamp recordings, and working alongside the Volunteers and PM, to audio transcribe the necessary elements.
• The OH will video record a select number of oral histories, and edit these files as necessary.
• The OH is expected to work to a timely schedule, to deliver completed digital files that will be used in conjunction with the digital design agency, to create the Digital Landscape.
• As well as the above, the OH is required to assist on an ad hoc basis with volunteers (managing, supporting), attend meetings, outline logistics and manage relationships with subjects, in partnership with the PM.
• The OH will be supported by the PM and the Volunteers throughout the agreed timeline.

5 Competencies Required

1. Experience of working on community and oral history projects.
2. Experience of oral history interviewing techniques and methodology.
3. Good communication skills, both written and verbal.
4. Experience of digital recording/interviewing techniques and methodology.
5. Experience of editing digital audio and video recordings.
6. Knowledge of local history and research methodology.
7. Experience of recruiting and supervising volunteers.
8. Ability to work on own initiative, adhere to deadlines and to work as part of a team.
9. Ability to relate to people of all ages, from a variety of backgrounds and from diverse social and cultural groups.
10. A strong interest in LGBT+ history and heritage is desirable.

6 Timetable

The Oral Historian will be contractually to work from March 2020 until the end of April 2020, with an estimated timeline not to exceed 27 days of freelance employment.

7 Reporting Arrangements

The Oral Historian will liaise directly with the Client (LBI Heritage Project Manager) and will:
• Keep the Client informed of progress on the project and the need for additional information. Inform the Client immediately of any likely delays or problems.
• Attend meeting(s) as appropriate with members of the design team and the Client, including informal presentations of work in progress.
• Present draft material to the Client for approval (or amendment/revision) prior to any public consultation exercises.

8 Remuneration

Following guidelines from the Oral History Society, the day rate for the Oral Historian will be £300, over an agreed set of days.

For further details and to apply please contact:
Seán McGovern, Project Manager – Islington’s Pride
245 St John Street, London EC1V 4NB
T.020 7527 7973 E: sean.mcgovern@islington.gov.uk

To apply: please send a CV and covering letter, outlining your suitability by responding to the competencies required in Section 5.

Closing date for applications is Tuesday, February 11th, with interviews scheduled to take place on Tuesday, February 18th.

Post URL: islingtonspride.com/2020/01/23/were-hiring-oral-historian-islingtons-pride/


Honorary Treasurer, Oral History Society

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Oral History Society. Reg Charity No 288805

Vacancy for the position of Honorary Treasurer starting July 2020

The Oral History Society is looking for an honorary treasurer to take over responsibility for the financial affairs of the charity from July 2020 in succession to the current Treasurer Nick Chalmers. The Society, which has approaching 1,000 members, is over fifty years old and is the leading organisation in its field in the UK. 

Amongst other activities, the Oral History Society:

  • publishes a print journal twice a year 
  • supports a well-used and informative website (www.ohs.org.uk),
  • holds highly successful conferences, 
  • maintains a regional network of expert oral historians who can support members locally and help local organisations,
  • supports a number of special interest groups,
  • partners with National Life Stories at the British Library to run the UK’s most highly respected oral history training courses,
  • acts as an advocate for high quality and ethical collection, preservation and reuse of people’s memories. 

Over twenty elected trustees from across the UK, meeting quarterly, are responsible for the governance of the charity, headed by an Officers’ Group comprising the Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer, supported by three part-time staff funded on a freelance basis. The Society also contracts a graphic designer and web support consultants.

Integral to the effective running of the Society is the position of Treasurer. The Society is in good financial health and has plans to expand activities through its 3-year strategic plan, and the Treasurer’s input into the charity’s financial strategy and planning will be crucial.  Full support will be given to the new Treasurer who will be expected to attend the quarterly committee meetings of the Trustees, and quarterly meetings of the Finance & Membership Sub Committee.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience and knowledge of charitable organisations
  • A reasonable knowledge of the financial affairs of a medium sized charity 
  • Experience of accountancy and/or book-keeping
  • The ability to take responsibility for the charity’s finances

We can offer you:

  • Training where necessary
  • Support with financial planning and fundraising from the Finance & Membership Sub-Committee, the Officers and the other Trustees 
  • The opportunity to increase knowledge and skills in financial planning and management in the charity sector.

Please note that direct experience of or interest in oral history or similar historical discipline is desirable but not essential.  If a candidate had some knowledge of fundraising, this would also be welcomed.

This is a voluntary position, although travel expenses are covered by the Society.

For further information about this role please contact Robert Wilkinson on 020 8530 4847 or by email to robert.wilkinson1970@gmail.com

To apply for this position please send:

  • a short statement indicating why you are interested in this role 
  • a current CV which also shows your knowledge and experience of the responsibilities covered by the accompanying role description. 
  • the contact details of two referees. 

Send to: Robert Wilkinson via email robert.wilkinson1970@gmail.com

The deadline for applications is Friday 3 April 2020

OHS Treasurer Role Description

Overall

  • Oversee the financial affairs of the Society and ensure they are legal, constitutional and within accepted accounting practice.
  • Ensure proper electronic records are kept and that effective financial procedures are in place.
  • Monitor and report on the financial health of the organisation.
  • Oversee the production of necessary financial reports/returns, accounts and audits.
  • Assist with fundraising as necessary.
  • Deal with monies in and monies out of the Society’s bank accounts.

Specifically

  • Liaise with trustees to ensure the financial viability of the Society.
  • Ensure that trustees are aware of their financial obligations and take a lead in interpreting financial data to them.
  • Report on the Society’s financial position at quarterly committee meetings and finance sub-committee meetings which are normally held in London (and produce reports and commentaries showing the balance sheet, cash flow, fundraising performance etc).
  • Oversee the production of an annual budget, liaise with appointed auditors and propose its adoption at the Annual General Meeting.
  • Ensure proper records are kept and that effective financial procedures and controls are in place, ie:
    • Cheque signatories
    • Purchasing limits
    • Purchasing and payment systems
    • Monitoring and approving trustees’, networkers and Special Interest Group expenses
  • Ensure that the organisation is compliant with the regulations of the Charity Commission and make appropriate organisational returns to that Body.
  • Advise on the financial viability of plans, proposals and feasibility studies.
  • Lead on appointing and liaising with auditors/an independent examiner.
  • Liaise with the Charity’s bankers and other financial agencies where necessary.
  • Liaise as required with the Society’s subscription agents (at January 2020: Webscribe).
  • Liaise with National Life Stories and BL-NLS/OHS-accredited trainers to ensure fees are paid to the Society.
  • Liaise with the Society’s Data Protection Officer and Membership Officer as required.

Qualities

  • Knowledge and experience of current finance practice relevant to voluntary and community organisations.
  • Knowledge of bookkeeping and financial management.
  • Good financial analysis skills.
  • Ability to communicate clearly.

Benefits to the postholder

  • Support from trustees through a Finance and Membership sub-committee to ensure good financial management of the Charity.
  • The potential to develop one’s financial management skills.
  • Training is available where necessary.
  • Out of pocket expenses are payable

Ongoing Work

  • Keep and file invoices enter on cheque reconciliation spreadsheet
  • Make payments to invoices – try to do within three weeks of receipt
  • Raise Invoices with individuals and agencies from time to time
  • Keep abreast of any changes in legislation
  • Liaise with Webscribe – file membership sheets weekly
  • From time to time oversee and make investments
  • Liaise with JSTOR re membership 
  • Organise an annual/biannual meeting with Webscribe
  • Generally deal with any  matters re Society finances 



Oral History Journal, Editor of Public History Section

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ORAL HISTORY JOURNAL
INVITATION FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST TO JOIN THE EDITORIAL
TEAM AS THE EDITOR OF THE PUBLIC HISTORY SECTION


Oral History is the journal of the UK Oral History Society
(https://www.ohs.org.uk). The journal aims to contribute to
developments in the theory and practice or oral history by encouraging
the sharing of ideas, experience and good practice. It celebrated its 50th
anniversary in 2019.

Oral History encourages contributions from a wide range of disciplines
and practices, including history, women’s studies, sociology, cultural
studies, anthropology, politics, social policy, social administration,
museum studies, archive work, health studies, education, library and
information services, community publishing, folklore, media studies,
photography, broadcasting, nursing, social work, psychology, psychiatry,
and in fact any area where the significance of orality, personal testimony
and remembering is understood and valued. The journal also welcomes
a variety of approaches from people from different countries and from
different backgrounds.

In addition to refereed articles the journal includes Learning and Public
History sections and reviews of books and online publications. Oral
History also includes news sections (including both British and
International news) that include reports from community projects in the
UK and across the world. These reflect the Oral History Society’s policy
of representing oral historians no matter where they work whether it is
in education, community organisations or the media.

Oral History is published twice a year (Spring and Autumn); members of
the OHS receive a hard copy of each issue and can also access back
issues (issues more than a year old), through JSTOR.

The editorial group meets quarterly at the British Library when
anonymised submissions from authors are discussed and decisions
agreed. Two, or more, of the issue editors take responsibility for one
issue each year. The spring issue has a copy deadline of 15 December
with final preparation of copy taking place during January-February each year. The autumn issue has a deadline of 30 June with final preparation
of copy taking place during August-September each year.

Public History Editor
Oral History has included a separate section on the making, doing and
presenting of history in public settings for two decades and during this
time has published ground-breaking articles and commentaries debating
issues of public ownership and presentation of memory. The journal is
seeking an editor who can continue with the high standard set by
previous Public History editors but who is interested to bring their own
ideas and suggestions for developing this section of the journal.
Oral History Public History editor duties include:
 Commissioning or encouraging writers to produce papers
 Reading through and commenting on submissions together with
members of the issue editorial group
 Liaising with the editorial assistant
 Attending quarterly editorial meetings (in London)
 Taking on responsibility for working with authors – writing
communications conveying editors’ views, seeking illustrations
etc.
 Liaising with the journal designer throughout the production
period of a journal issue
 Preparing articles for copy editing
 Attending oral history events such as conferences with a view to
encouraging writers
 Circulating news items to other editors – generally keeping up-to-
date with what is going on in oral history generally.

If you are interested in joining the editorial team as Public History Editor,
please email a CV, highlighting your editorial experience and
accompanying this with a brief statement showing what you feel you
have to offer Oral History, to: Liz Ison, OHJ Editorial Assistant, e:
journals@ohs.org.uk.

Deadline for expressions of interest: midday on Monday 2 March 2020


Oral History Society HE Group – inviting expressions of interest

The Oral History Society HE Group is looking to develop an expanded network of oral historians working in Higher Education. We invite expressions of interest from those using oral history in teaching and research, in all disciplines and at all stages in their academic careers, to share ideas and develop activities around supporting oral historians and oral history in HE.  

Please get in touch by 31st January 2020 if you would like to participate and help to develop a special interest group around Oral History in Higher Education. Participation will involve a minimum of 1-2 meetings in person or via conference call per year.

Contact: Jenny Harding: j.harding@londonmet.ac.uk; Shelley Trower: shelley.trower@roehampton.ac.uk; John Gabriel: j.gabriel@londonmet.ac.uk; Verusca Calabria: verusca.calabria@ntu.ac.uk


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.


Call for papers. Narrating Working Lives: Ruptures, Turning Points, Trajectories (Rethymnos, Greece)


Vth International Oral History Conference, Greek Oral History Association, Rethymnos, 29-31 May 2020.

Work is a crucial feature of most people’s lives. Labour history based on the living memory of working people has marked the oral history movement since the 1970s, recovering in particular the voices of industrial workers. Since the end of the 1980s, however, the transition to the post-industrial era has thoroughly disrupted – over the lifespan of one generation – both the experience of work and the horizon of expectations of working people. Closures or relocations of firms, the deregulation of labour relations, de-skilling, mass layoffs and the generalization of precarity has had a profound impact on the working lives of men and women, although not always in similar ways – a question open to further exploration. On the other hand, these developments have also transformed the way in which the notion of “work” is conceptualized. Professional identities and the connections between work experiences and other aspects of people’s lives are influenced in multiple ways by these processes.

In post-war Greece work relations were transformed through urbanization, mass employment of women and – since the 1990s – by the replacement of local workers by immigrants, especially in agriculture, fishery and the building sector. The recent economic crisis deepened the consequences of de-industrialization, globalization and the financialization of the economy, changing people’s lives at staggering speed. Those parts of the planet belonging to the so-called “Global South”, including Greece, provide a promising field to study these changes.

The conference intends to encourage the use of oral history and biographical research in order to explore the ruptures, the “biographical turns” and the transformations of identities and subjectivities voiced in the life stories of people in and out of work. In this sense, oral history, as a field of interdisciplinary and critical reflections, may bring an important contribution to the renewal of labour history. The conference welcomes proposals which use recorded life stories to document and understand the transformations of working lives over the last fifty years. Suggested topics may include:

  • Changes in the organization of work: forms of labour, social relations and work culture
  • Work-related precariousness and subjectivity
  • Work, family and community
  • Child labour
  • Gendered, class and ethnic dimensions of work
  • The working body and attitudes to risk
  • Trade unions and workers’ movements
  • The experience of job loss and unemployment
  • Changes in the working conditions and the professional careers of teachers
  • Work and migration
  • Work volunteering and apprenticeships
  • The use of oral testimony in public representations of work

The conference languages are Greek and English. Proposals should include your name and affiliation, the title of your paper and an abstract of 200-250 words. Please clarify in which way your proposal is based on oral sources. The proposal should be sent to kfagogenis@gmail.com and rvboes@gmail.com by February 10, 2020. You will be informed on the decisions reached by the Scientific Committee by 31 March 2020.

The conference is organized by the Greek Oral History Association and hosted by the Sociology Department of the University of Crete, in partnership with the International Sociology Association – ISA (Research Committee 38: Biography and Society) and the Section Biography Research of the German Sociology Society (DGS).

Organizing Committee

Antonis Antoniou, University of Thessaly

Vassilis Dalkavoukis, Democritus University of Thrace

Eleni Kallimopoulou, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki

Maria Karastergiou, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki

Maria Kavala, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Giorgios Tsiolis, University of Crete

Riki Van Boeschoten, University of Thessaly

Kostas Fagogenis, University of Crete

Scientific Committee

Eleni Fournaraki, University of Crete

Pothiti Hantzaroula, University of the Aegean

Christina Karakioulafi, University of Crete

Dimitra Kofti, Panteion University, Athens

Dimitra Lambropoulou, Capodistrian University of Athens

Irini Siouti, Institute of Social Research, Frankfurt

Manos Spyridakis, University of the Peloponnese

Aris Tsantiropoulos, University of Crete

Riki Van Boeschoten, University of Thessaly

Yiannis Zaimakis, University of Crete



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


‘Surroundings’ – an artwork by Ivan Riches

 

 

‘Surroundings’ is an artwork initiated, devised, created and delivered by Ivan Riches, a 360° image projection with a voice soundscape compiled of participant’s experience of their relationships to their surroundings, from locations in Southwark London, North Devon and Bavaria Germany. One version of this artwork is for delivery as an installation with musicians creating a live supporting accompaniment in a gallery setting. The other version of the artwork is without live music, available for wider public viewing on YouTube for smartphones, tablets, 360° headsets and computer scrolling. 

There were 2 live installations/performances of improvised music/soundscapes with projected imagery, in direct response to recorded interviews, rich in feeling & intensity, creating live immersive experiences where the audience is surrounded by voices, sound textures & images.

Surroundings 360° (3 locations)’ Artwork by Ivan Riches 2019
This artwork part of the ‘Surroundings Project’ consists of voices recorded from interviews in Southwark London, North Devon & locations in Bavaria Germany, alongside mixed media imagery in 360° format. The Plough Arts Centre 26th June 2019

https://youtu.be/IK5Rrq3OTfg

Surroundings (1 location)’ Artwork by Ivan Riches 2019
This artwork part of the ‘Surroundings Project’ consists of voices recorded from interviews in Southwark London.
The South London Gallery 24th April 2019

https://youtu.be/JthhBOb4AM8 

Musicians for the live installation/performance:
Jo-anne Cox
Dee Fry
Ivan Riches 
Zack De Santos

Read Colin Hambrook’s article ‘Surroundings – a journey into the known’ at Disability Arts Online: 
http://disabilityarts.online/magazine/opinion/surroundings-a-journey-into-the-known/

‘Surroundings: Stories of Home’ with transcripts of the Southwark London interviews is available at: https://disabilityarts.online/magazine/opinion/ivan-riches-surroundings-a-meaningful-evocation-of-the-human-spirit/ 

Read more about the project and its development via Ivan’s blogs at Disability Arts Online:
Surroundings Blog No 1
Surroundings Blog No 2
Surroundings Blog No 3

Surroundings Blog No 4
Surroundings Blog No 5
Surroundings Blog No 6

 

 

Thank you to: 
The project participants for contributing their voices

Partners and Sponsors:
South London Gallery
Claudius Vergho
Freewheeling
Plough Art Centre
Dr Jürgen Müller-Hohagen
Disability Arts Online

And Thank you to:
Fran Stanley for help and support
Willem Riches for help and support and some extra photography in Rosenheim Germany
Simon Puris for filming at the South London Gallery

All Visual Artwork & Film Coypright (C) Ivan Riches 2019
All Music Coypright (C) Ivan Riches 2019


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: nicola.peacock@portsmouthguildhall.org.uk

Closing Date of Project: April 2020


Tallin Tallin – The Story Project

 

Tallin Tallin is a project that aims to preserve and promote the rich tradition of oral storytelling in The Gambia, West Africa; the evening entertainment that has captured the imaginations of so many generations of adults and children. In addition, it hopes to help address the Western-centric nature of many of the stories available to children in schools in the region. The project is being developed by artist Amy Pitt (www.amypitt.com) alongside WYCE, a charity that has been operating in rural Gambia since 2001 (www.wyce.org.uk).

Over the last few years, the project has travelled 914km across The Gambia, collecting traditional oral stories from 8 ethnic groups. For years, these stories have been passed on from generation to generation as a means of entertainment, to encourage debate and discussion, and to teach important cultural values. However, with younger Gambians increasingly living away from their extended family, and with Western forms of entertainment increasingly encroaching into everyday life, there is a real risk that as the generation that knows these stories passes they will be lost to this rapidly developing country forever.

Tallin Tallin will collate these stories, preserving them as a lively, illustrated book, one of which will be distributed to every primary school in The Gambia, free-of-charge. In doing so, the project intends to create a resource that celebrates local heritage and culture, encourages engagement with literature and storytelling, and has direct relevance to the people of The Gambia. Additionally, the original audio recordings will be made into a digital archive, so that these stories can be downloaded to phones, laptops, and tablets, and be widely engaged with in the format that they have always been shared.

In the long-term, the dream is to create a one-day festival celebrating the cultural tradition of oral storytelling. The festival will take place annually in three locations in The Gambia, and involve local storytellers and musicians.

In early April, a crowdfunder campaign will be launched which aims to raise £6000 in 30 days. This money will be used to:

  • Print 1000 books and ship them to The Gambia
  • Create the digital archive of original recordings and illustrations

If you are interested in finding out more about the project, and to keep up-to-date with the crowdfunder campaign and other updates, then please follow the contact details below:

Online: www.tallintallin.com

Email: amy@tallintallin.com

Facebook: @TallinTallinStoryProject

Instagram: tallin_tallin_story_project

Twitter: @Tallin_Tallin_