Volunteering @ NCMME : Hidden Voices Volunteer

Posted on by Anita O'Donovan

Hidden Voices Volunteer Opportunity

The Museum's oral history collection is a unique resource, filled with fascinating stories and memories from the coalfield areas. Reluctant Bevin Boys, talented mining artists, inspirational Women Against Pit Closures and the glamorous coal queens all have a voice within this collection.

The collection holds tales of extraordinary events alongside the ordinary, daily life of the men and women who spent their lives working at the pit and living in the mining communities. There may come a time when coal mining is a distant memory and those lives just words on a page. The legacy of this work ensures that our recordings, and those archived with us from community groups and individuals, will be protected for the future and as accessible as possible.

Are you interested in volunteering for this role?

  • Do you find voices from the past intriguing?
  • Do you feel inspired at revealing the unknown? 
  • Do you want to contribute to the heritage of the coal mining industry?

In this role volunteers will listen to recorded interviews and type up detailed summaries of the interview content. They will then use these summaries to add into an established keyword system. This will allow the content of the recordings to be accessible via the Museum’s collections management system.

This will provide an invaluable resource that will enhance both the museum’s future activities, such as exhibitions, and the work of researchers .

This is an excellent opportunity for those wishing to use share and enhance their current skills as well as develop new skills and expertise.

A methodical approach, attention to detail and some computer skills are necessary for this role.



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