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Dialect and Heritage Project – Oral History and Dialect Fieldworker volunteer, Avoncroft Museum

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Would you like to learn new skills and contribute to important University-led dialect research?

Avoncroft Museum is one of five partner museums working with the University of Leeds on the Dialect and Heritage Project to explore and record the richness of dialect around England and how it may have changed over the last 70 years.

What the role will entail: Volunteer Oral History and Dialect Fieldworkers will carry out interviews and collect new in-depth oral history and dialect recordings through conducting individual interviews and/or facilitating group interviews.

Supervision: Volunteers will be supervised by the Dialect and Heritage Project Engagement Officer based at Avoncroft Museum.

Who will this role suit? Volunteers are not expected to have specialist skills or experience at the outset to fulfil these roles (though some may have) as full training and information will be provided. The Oral History and Dialect Fieldworker volunteering role would suit volunteers who:

  • Are confident, friendly and have good verbal communication skills in English
  • Enjoy meeting and talking to new people of all backgrounds
  • Are reliable and can commit to collecting at least 4 interviews over the course of the project
  • Are willing to develop new skills and commit to training for the role
  • (desirable) Have a full driving licence and access to own transport preferred but not essential if alternative arrangements can be made

Skills, training and support: via specialist training programme (co-developed with the Oral History Society) and online support and e-learning materials

Role-specific training may include: project context; an introduction to dialect; how to conduct successful oral history interviews; ethics and best practice guidance; health and safety; copyright and permissions; good interviewing technique; and using recording technology and equipment.

Expenses will be paid.

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