Island Railway Voices
We’ve recently been awarded a £15,000 grant from Arts Council England, to help record the oral histories of people associated with the Island’s Railways. These could be passengers who use the train to get to school, railway staff who worked through the transition from steam to electric, or early volunteers who helped establish the Isle of Wight Steam Railway.
Are you a good listener? Do you enjoy the company of and talking to older people? Would you like the opportunity to take the museum out into the community through a new community heritage project? Do you think you would enjoy encouraging people to share their memories of railways? If the answer is yes then this new project could be something you might like to be involved in.
Lisa Kerley will be working with us to coordinate the project. Lisa is a museum freelancer who has worked with Isle of Wight museums and heritage organisations on a number of community outreach and oral history projects over the last 10 years.
Reminiscence Session: As part of our project we will be hosting reminiscence sessions with older people in the community, including residents at Northbrooke House residential home in Havenstreet. We’re looking for volunteers to help run the sessions. They will take place both in the community and at the railway. This will be a wonderful opportunity for volunteers who enjoy meeting new people, take pleasure in listening to older people and can encourage people to share their memories through engagement with museum objects. Reminiscence training will be offered by Lisa for those who would like to be involved.
Oral History Interviews: In addition we will also be conducting more formal oral history interviews with people who would like to record their memories for the project and have them archived in the museum. Lisa will also be recruiting volunteers to help conduct oral history interviews and will provide training around interviewing skills.
If you would like find out more about one or both opportunities for volunteering for please email or call Lisa to express your interest. Lisa will be hosting a basic information and training session for reminiscence on Monday 4th October 10-1pm and oral history interviewing on Thursday 7th October 1-4pm.
The training will take place at the railway and refreshments will be provided. Please contact Lisa to express your interest: Lisa.firstname.lastname@example.org