Oral history volunteer - Finsley Gate Wharf, Burnley


Activities: Heritage, Working with visitors, Customer Service, Home-based, Recording and Monitoring

Starts: Anytime

Finsley Gate

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What's involved?

Canal & River Trust are gathering stories about the history of Finsley Gate Wharf and the Burnley Canal for a National Lottery Heritage Funded project. We will be conducting a series of reminiscence interviews with local people. These interviews will contribute to the on-site digital archive, interpretation and our Heritage trail along the canal and tours around the new visitor attraction at Finsley Gate Wharf.

Role involves:
- working with the Finsley Gate Wharf Community Engagement Project Officer and Project Support to conduct and record oral history interviews
- interviewing members of local communities about their memories of living and working on the Burnley Canal and in and around Finsley Gate Wharf.
- interviewing on site Finsley Gate Wharf
- operating recording equipment as required (training given)
- summarising interview recordings (e.g. noting key themes and timestamps) which could be done from home
-volunteers could be involved in incorporating the interviews into interpretive displays e.g. sound editing, audio trail creation, community consultations

What's in it for you?

- Opportunity to work on a local historical site, Finsley Gate Wharf.
- Opportunity to train in oral history, gain new skills or develop existing
- Interviews will be used to inform interpretation, heritage trails and tours and add to local records. Volunteers will therefore be able to see their work “in action” and know that they are contributing to local history projects.

What skills are we looking for?

- Good people skills are the only essential
- Interview skills desirable, but training will be given
- Experience using voice recording equipment desirable, but training will be given

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