Juliana Vandegrift

Address: Based in Suffolk

Email: Juliana Vandegrift

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.



Current projects:

I am currently Project Manager for a heritage project called ‘Resorting to the Coast’ with Essex County Council (funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund).  The project is delivering a set of oral history recordings with trained volunteers, a travelling exhibition of heritage material, annual conferences, a celebration day, two new heritage walking trails, a new research online compendium and a schools programme with an activity plan for local schools across Tendring in Essex.  

Previous projects:

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

  • Project Manager for Essex County Council (‘Resorting to the Coast’ heritage project)
  • Interviewer for Southend Museum (‘Biba Exhibition’, ‘Southend Veterans’ and ‘Sub Cultures of Southend’
  • Project Manager for Environment Trust (‘Jam Yesterday, Jam Tomorrow’)
  • Project Manager for ‘Gurkha Stories’ oral history project (Army Community Covenant Fund)
  • Colchester Castle Museum (interviewer for the ‘Garrison Project’)
  • Project Manager for Legasee Educational Trust (Berlin Airlift Project)
  • V&A Museum of Childhood (interviewer and trainer for the ‘British Toy Making Project’)
  • Cambridge University Press (interviewer with former employees)
  • Norfolk County Council (interviewer and trainer for Time and Tide Museum and the ‘Two Shores’ project)
  • Project Manager and trainer/interviewer for CoastNet (‘Holding Back the Tide’ Jaywick Project – produced two short films)
  • Eastern Angles Theatre (interviewer ‘Getting Here’ play)
  • Pascal Theatre (Trainer for ‘Secret Listeners Project’)
  • National Horse Racing Museum (Palace Voices)
  • Suffolk Coastal District Council (Ebb and Flow)

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.

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Professional qualifications:

Prince 2 Foundation

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