Activity 3 – Oral history

Following on from the successful workshop held on Monday 13th November, a further workshop will be held on Wednesday 6th December in the project office, 97 High Street, Skelton at 2:30pm. This next workshop will focus on developing a “long list” of possible candidates to be interviewed, from which we can then seek the willing cooperation of perhaps four or five to be the first interviewees.

During the recently completed workshop, it became apparent that each interview will be best undertaken if the interviewer is accompanied by a supporter. The role of the supporter will include:

  • Fulfilling the requirements of “Safeguarding” (i.e. being a chaperone for all parties)
  • Helping the interviewee to complete the Consent Form, whilst the interviewer sets up the equipment
  • Keeping track of the passing time

As you can see, no specialised skills are required to be a supporter. If you feel that you could contribute a half day or two in this role, please call in at the project office, 97 High Street, Skelton and have a chat with the project manager, John Haw.

The importance of real history

In any community there is an enormous repository of local historical knowledge in the memories of its citizens.  There may have been some momentous event in the past which affected many people; or there may be just a memory of when some particular building was demolished or built.

During the second and third years of the project we will be setting out to capture the memories of our villagers.   We will employ a professional to train up volunteers to undertake the work of meeting people and assembling this oral history.   Once again we will be engaging with local schools and with the Skelton History Group to assemble a priceless archive.

If you are interested in getting involved with this work, either as one who conducts the interviews or one who donates their memories, please visit our volunteer page.

 

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