We are undertaking an ongoing oral history project. If you have a story that you would like to be recorded, we would love to hear from you.
Some common questions:
1. What are the interviews used for?
It's up to you! We would love to use story recordings for research, exhibitions, developing walking tours and programming, and to have audio used in the museum space or on this website, but in the end, it's entirely up to you.
2. What if I said something I don't want to share anymore?
You can end an interview or alter what you want shared at any time! Furthermore, we will never use something until you have listened to the recording and read the transcript and signed off on it to be released. You can also choose to exclude portions of the interview at this stage in the process.
3. Do I really have to sign paperwork?
Yes. This paperwork is the way we know that you've gone through and understand everything that's being asked of you. This holds us accountable and protects your important stories. This is also important in decades from now - what might be a verbal or 'unspoken' understanding is challenging or impossible to perpetuate as staff change and time goes on.
4. Why oral history?
Hearing a story from someone with a first-hand experience, hearing intonations of the voice, can be so much more effective for bringing history to life than the written word. This also helps us make displays more accessible for the visually impaired and allows us to share parallel narratives or important stories that may not otherwise be on display due to physical space constraints in the gallery. And very importantly, as this is a community museum, we invite the people of the local communities to represent their own stories.