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Oral History Interviewing Training I.

February 24, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm


In this first project phase, we are looking for enthusiastic and dynamic volunteers to help record and transcribe oral histories from people across Liberal Judaism’s communities. All welcome.

Oral history is about recording people’s memories using the medium of sound and video. This can be used as a tool for understanding the recent past, and enables people who have been hidden from history to be heard and the communities they represent.

Facilitator: Dr Verusca Calabria   profile: https://www.ohs.org.uk/person/calabria-verusca/

Content: In this first training session (1 out of 3), we ‘ll focus on interviewing techniques and ethical considerations. We’ll do some hands on recording, using the equipment, and create together interviewing toolkits that are unique to this project. This training is bespoke and thus for all levels.


Interviewer Task Description Role: To carry out oral history interviews, using a topic guide (i.e.. a list of prepared questions) which will be created as part of the course. Each interview will last approximately 1.5 hours. This may also involve travelling to various parts of the UK to interview participants, but all expenses will be covered, and travelling outside of London is completely negotiable.

Person Specification: In order to carry out the oral history interviewer role, you’ll need: an interest in history & heritage; literacy skills; organisational skills; to demonstrate an interest in equality/diversity and religion/faith/belief; to be able (with training) to use recording equipment; to be able to travel in order to interview.  We offer reasonable adjustment.

Time Commitment: In order to be able to take part in the interviewing part of the project, you must be available for training. 

Volunteering period: A minimum of 6 months. The amount of hours you wish to volunteer are negotiable and flexible.

Limited places available. Course certificates available on request.

Part 2 of the training is on 17 March.


February 24, 2019
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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The Montagu Centre
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