Oral history volunteer roles

Oral History Spring School/IHR

What is the volunteer role:

Learn how to record the memories of people to learn how life was in the past and preserve that person’s story.

You will get full training and support for this task.  You will get a chance learn how to record, edit, transcribe and upload the histories you record.  You will work together with a small group to plan which stories to collect for our archive and a travelling exhibition of the seaside heritage of the Tendring coastal area (together with the volunteers working on RTTC- History Research).

 What you get:

  • Learn new skills including how to make an oral history interview, how to use digital recorders and how to summarise and edit your interviews (for this you must attend the free training offered as part of this project).
  • Work with a small friendly team of oral history volunteers to create a unique archive of recordings.
  • Receive training and support from a professional oral historian with twelve years’ experience.
  • Discover a huge amount of new information – the type of things that would never be put in history books – about Tendring’s seaside resorts.
  • Opportunities to take your skills to a further level: e.g. training in audio editing, preparing oral history extracts for an exhibition and our website.
  • Preserve disappearing memories for future generations.
  • Meet like-minded people.
  • Hear unique perspectives on the past.

Application procedure:

Please complete and return a volunteer application form to Juliana (details below).  She will then contact you to talk through the project and your application.  You will need to supply references as part of your application.

For an informal talk please contact:

Project Coordinator, Resorting to the Coast: juliana.vandegrift@essex.gov.uk or 03330 320884


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