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Collections for All Open Call

Are you part of London's Chilean, Vietnamese or Polish communities? Join us to uncover powerful oral histories within our collection!

What is this project about?

We want to open up our collections to different communities in London and democratise the knowledge we hold in our collections. We want to capture the memories, the stories and the experiences of the different communities responding to objects from our collections. This year, we are exploring oral histories related to London's Chilean, Vietnamese and Polish communities.

We are offering volunteers the opportunity to research our Oral History collection, who will find content related to the communities to which they belong and form their own interpretations to support the cataloguing of the recorded interviews in the museum’s collections.

What you will do:

  • Get to listen to oral history collection interviews and find out more about these different powerful stories via interviews the museum has recorded since the 1970s.
  • Express your own thoughts and responses on these stories based on your lived experience.
  • Provide your own pieces of writing responding to the interviews which will become part of the collection's official records.
  • Shape how these stories are shared and represented in the museum's collections.

What's the time commitment:

  • One Induction Day early November
  • Four sessions across November (one a week). Each session will last 2 hours with a break in between. Snacks and drinks provided.
  • Occasional work to prepare before and after the session may be required (no more than two hours per session).
  • A podcasting workshop in early December.

What you get:

  • Training and support to conduct research in our Oral History Collection.
  • Staying connected to the museum for any additional volunteer opportunities during and after the project.
  • Taking part in museum display and exhibition tours during our Induction Day.
  • The opportunity to take part in a podcasting workshop to create your own oral histories.

How to apply

Please fill in this form to register your interest and tell us about your availabilities!

Deadline: 20 October