Volunteer with the Sweet Thames project

We are recruiting now for our project volunteer team who will receive free training to assist us in recording oral histories and conducting archival research at the VWML. We will eventually co-curate a project exhibition to tour some London venues which will also accompany a project theatrical and musical performance piece based on the collected stories to share our project findings in a fun and inclusive way.

There are limited places for the four FREE Oral History Skills training workshops. So book a place now! They will be hosted by oral historian and project manager Dr Sam Carroll at Camden People’s Theatre on the Hampstead Road, NW1 2PY on four consecutive Thursdays: 7th July, 14th July, 21st July and 28th July 2022, from 6 to 9pm.

When you book a place you will be expected to attend all four workshops where you will learn interviewing skills and techniques, ethical concerns and legalities, managing recording technology and best archival practice. You will be supported to record at least one oral history interview for the project after completing the training. Refreshments will be included and we can reimburse public transport travel costs within London. 

To book, simply email Dr Sam Carroll sam@starcreativeheritage.org requesting to register for “The Sweet Thames OH workshops”.

Images (top to bottom): The Troubadour Folk Club 1963 by Alison Chapman McLean showing Nigel Denver, Jenny Barton, Martin Carthy and Enoch Kent (thanks to Jim McLean); Freddy McKay, Islington Folk Club at The George mid 1980s by Pete Cooper; Flowers and Frolics, Islington folk club (club’s last night at the Empress of Russia), 1986 Sheila Miller; Billy Bragg doing a floor spot (he’d come to see the Watersons; Tom Paley can be seen on his left), Cellar folk club, 1985 by Sheila Miller