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As part of My Route’s research, volunteers will be recording the memories of the people who have lived and worked around Stratford Road from the 1940s to the present day. Known as ‘oral histories’, these interviews will be used alongside other research to help to create our learning resources and all recordings will be deposited at Birmingham Archives for the public to access for years to come.
On 29 March our six oral historians attended their first day of training at mac Birmingham. The session was delivered by Helen Lloyd, a regional representative for the Oral History Society and an experienced oral historian who has produced numerous successful projects, several of which have won awards .
Helen guided the volunteers through the chronological process of interviewing people, starting with the important introductory telephone call and ending with how to acknowledge interviewee’s contribution once the recording is complete.
The volunteers learnt about everything, from the principles and practices of oral history technique, to the practicalities of arranging seating to make sure that both the interviewee and interviewer are comfortable.
The session ended with our volunteers each having the opportunity to interview our guest Jas Sansi, a Birmingham photographer, putting everything they had learnt into practice.
The day was a great success and our volunteers felt motivated and excited to go and undertake their first practice interviews, ready for the next training day.