Oral History Project Volunteer

“Sue recruited me as a volunteer with the 'Govanhill Oral History Project'. I later helped out with the Govan 'Diving for Pearls' project and the 'Paisley Mills' project.

The Govanhill oroject was the first of its kind I had been involved with and I found the help and support Sue gave was invaluable. The initial training she organised covered all aspects of such a project from using the recording equipment (and how not to delete interviews), interview techniques, client confidentiality, copyright and transcribing interviews. She also supplied a useful handbook for us to refer to when unsure of how to proceed. After the training she continued to support and encourage the volunteers, both as a group and on a one to one basis.

The information gathered from participants was fascinating and underlined the need for local history to be recorded in some way. I feel proud to have been involved in this work. Sue’s enthusiasm and passion for oral history is infectious and she makes everyone involved feel a valued member of the team. By working closely with the project she ensures outputs and outcomes are realistic and achievable. The end result is a piece of oral history of a high quality which meets the needs of the commissioning group.

I would recommend that any group or individual who wants to become involved in an oral history project work with Sue to achieve a first class end result.”

Carol Wiseman
Project Volunteer