Oral History Recorder

We are looking for enthusiastic and motivated volunteers with an interest in local history and people’s memories of the local area.

Typical tasks and duties:

  • Researching archives and other materials

  • Arranging interviews or taking part in public drop-in sessions

  • Helping with administrative tasks, such as scanning documents and photographs

  • Writing summaries and transcribing interviews

  • Recording and editing digital interviews

  • Assisting in selecting content from recordings for exhibitions and future website

  • Attending training and occasional Research Team Meetings

  • Being the volunteer face of Leigh Park Voices project and acting accordingly


No formal qualifications are required. Just an interest in the subject matter and a willingness to engage with a wide range of people. Some experience of conducting interviews or using sound recording equipment would be useful, however training will be provided, so it is more important to be willing to learn the skills required.

Ideally you will also:

  • Be patient, friendly and able to communicate well with people of different ages and backgrounds

  • Be able to encourage and motivate people to share their memories and expand on details, (training given)

  • Have experience of basic admin and ICT

  • Have research skills or an interest in learning

  • The ability to write clearly and concisely

 What’s in it for you?

  • This role will be a valuable addition to your CV, particularly in careers related to research, history, heritage or community work

  • Through training and involvement with the project you will gain oral history research, interviewing and transcribing skills, as well as increasing communication skills

  • You will gain an insight into the history of the Park and local area. As well as learn about people’s memories of the Park

  • Your work will eventually contribute to the creation of a sustainable archive for Staunton Country Park


  • Accessibility
  • Age restrictions
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
    Training in oral history interviewing and processes.
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 08/02/2021

End Date: 08/02/2022

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Availability Details

Most research currently takes place from home at times convenient with the volunteer's own timetable. We do have some intial training that volunteers may need to attend and optional two weekly meetings/work space time at Staunton County Park, in which the Research and Oral History Volunteer Team meets to discuss upcoming exhibitions or interviews and to share their experience, if they wish.


c/o Staunton Country Park
Middle Park Way

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