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We are looking for volunteers interested in the stories of Brompton Cemetery as part of the Brompton Cemetery Conservation Project.  We have spent the past year researching some of the 205,000 buried in Brompton Cemetery, producing a list of notable highlights in collaboration with thr Friends of Brompton Cemetery. We now wish to explore the living memory of the cemetery, through the ‘Life and Times of Brompton Cemetery’ oral history project.

We invite interested volunteers to work with professional Oral Historians ‘On the Record’ to capture living memories of Brompton Cemetery. This will involve asking people who have been visiting for years - including families, LGBTQ groups, young people, the Friends of Brompton Cemetery, wild-life lovers and community groups - about their subjective experiences. We’ll cover changes to the site, the diverse uses of the cemetery over the years and impressions about the future of the cemetery, and other topics decided by the volunteer team. We will be using industry standard audio recording equipment to conduct these oral history interviews, which will be acquisitioned into a publicly accessible collection, ensuring that this vibrant history is recorded.

This opportunity will involve:

  • Developing your historical research and media skills.
  • Learning about a unique Victorian site.
  • Attending participatory training in the method, value, ethics and practicalities of recording oral history interviews to British heritage industry standard on Saturday 10th March and Saturday 7th April.
  • Preparing for and recording oral history interviews at a time that is convenient for the interviewee.
  • Summarising and archiving oral history interviews (with training and support).

Experience/Qualifications/ Attributes 

  • No formal qualifications are required and this opportunity is open to all experience levels
  • You will need to have a suitable grasp of English language as all interviews will be conducted in English.
  • You do need to be available for the training days unless agreed in advance with project team. Please discuss when putting your application through.

Expenses

Lunch and travel (approximately 10 pounds per day)

Time Commitment:

  • 2 days Training – 10th March and 7th April
  • 5 days recording over May/June
  • 5 days  Summarising over July/August
  • A weekly drop-in for oral history volunteers that need ongoing support recording their histories. The timing for this is subject to availability of volunteers. Location: South Lodge Project Office, Brompton Cemetery.

How to apply

If you are interested in becoming involved, please contact the project on bromptonproject@royalparks.org.uk or call Halima Khanom on 0207 352 1060/ 07521 515911

Deadline: 8th March

Please state clearly whether you available for the training.

Deadline for applications 8th March

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