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The Brompton Cemetery Conservation Project is looking for aspiring historians for its Time Team. You will be digging through archives, burial records and secondary literatures to support the background research for the re-interpretation of the Brompton Cemetery site. The cemetery is a site of discoveries, notable achievements and storytelling. Volunteers will play a key role in working closely with the Friends of Brompton Cemetery, the Royal Parks Guild and the project team to help bring the story of the cemetery, and its inhabitants to life.

This opportunity will involve:

  • Training in Historical Research Methods.
  • Opportunities to do oral history interviews of locals.
  • Researching burial records and graves of notable people.
  • User testing research tools.
  • Visiting local archives.
  • Remote desk based research.

Experience / qualifications / attributes:

  • Volunteers have to be self-sufficient and able to work on their own, since there is only minimal supervision and they need to be good communicators.
  • Volunteers must adhere to TRP processes.
  • Volunteers must have an interest in history and/or research.

Volunteers will develop skills in:

  • Historical research methods.
  • Local history knowledge.
  • Opportunities to specialise in specific interest e.g. history of plant hunting, or women’s history.
  • Oral History Interview methods.
  • Managing archive records/burial records.

If you are interested, then contact, in the first instance, Halima Khanom, bromptonproject@royalparks.gsi.gov.uk, Partnerships and Community Engagement Officer, who will discuss what he can offer in a bit more detail.

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