Volunteering

Do you enjoy listening to people talk about their lives? Would you like to learn some audio editing and cataloguing skills? If so we’d love to hear from you. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities available including:

  • Clipping segments of audio from longer interviews
  • Curating clips into stories on our blog
  • Listening to and describing audio to create finding aids

We’re currently working with the Sporting Memories charity to provide them with sporting clips for use in online reminiscence sessions. The task here is to listen to longer interviews and clip short sections of particular memories, either of sportspeople or of spectators.

We’ve also done a bit of work recently putting together a sound walk using cinema oral histories. You can follow the walk in person or remotely by downloading the free Echoes app. We’d like some help in clipping and curating walks in other towns in Cumbria, Lancashire and Greater Manchester.

We’re also busy clipping up material relating to protest for a youth music project we’re calling Demo Tapes. If you’re interested in listening to and clipping audio from political interviews and music recordings please give us a shout.

You will of course receive remote training in the free software we use, in our cataloguing style and in using our blog. Any of these tasks can be done remotely as long as you have a computer with internet access.

If you would like to know more please get in touch.

Here are some blogs curated by UOSH volunteers.

Voices in the Crowd

Voices in the Crowd

BBC Radio Manchester began broadcasting almost 50 years ago and at that time it was the biggest local radio station ...
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The Sound of Protest

The Sound of Protest

Oral histories are interviews with people talking about their memories of things that have happened in their life. They can ...
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Life for women working in Domestic Service in Manchester after the First World War

Life for women working in Domestic Service in Manchester after the First World War

Image – m09996: Women at work Staff Portrait (1880) – Although this image is from an earlier time than when ...
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English Voices, Asian Stories

English Voices, Asian Stories

Asian women with children, Fallowfield, Platt Lane, 1983 ref. m22637 In 2005 the Tameside Oral History Project was launched in ...
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World war and its repercussions for the ordinary person in the North West

World war and its repercussions for the ordinary person in the North West

‘They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years ...
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From disc to digital: MiniDisc transfer

From disc to digital: MiniDisc transfer

Tens of thousands of reel-to-reel tapes and cassettes crowd the tall shelves of the Greater Manchester sound archive, held in ...
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Suffragettes - animation for International Women's Day

Suffragettes – animation for International Women’s Day

In the run up to International Women's Day I gave a number of sound clips to one of the Archives+ Community ...
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'Wythenshawe 1933' animation

‘Wythenshawe 1933’ animation

In an earlier blog about housing in Wythenshawe I shared some images of a map and photographs from the collections here ...
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