The social care charity Royal Voluntary Service (previously WRVS) I used to work for has just created this interesting oral history project through their own archive. You can see more about the project here.
Voices of Volunteering: 75 Years of Citizenship and Service is an Oral History project run by the Royal Voluntary Service and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. We are collecting Oral Histories from past and present volunteers helping to preserve their unique take on their service with the charity. These recordings will be made available to all through Royal Voluntary Service’s on-line catalogue, as well as forming the core of a new suite of educational resources for secondary school students. These resources will focus on the contribution of volunteers to British society and help promote the ideals of citizenship.
Founded by Lady Reading in 1938, Royal Voluntary Service is the largest voluntary organisation in British history, which today helps older people stay active, independent and part of their communities. The collection of up to 80 oral histories will give a fantastic new insight into the work of WVS/WRVS volunteers and their impact on British history through unique and differing perspectives.
We are also looking for volunteers to assist the Project Archivist as Heritage Champions, with collecting these fascinating stories; learning new skills and providing a continuing legacy for the project after its official end.
I’m pleased to pass on details of a heritage exhibition and related events which Nicola Benge from Strike a Light and oral historian Esther Gill were involved with, which is currently being showcased by Independent Lives as part of 2014’s Disability History Month. All activities are free and take place in Sussex.
It’ll be a great opportunity to hear more about disabled peoples’ experiences over the last 60 years in their own words, as well as hear some interesting guest speakers at a variety of dates across Sussex.
At each event we want to hear your stories and experiences about how disabled people’s lives have changed over the years. There will also be opportunities to share ideas about working together and our Speaking Up for Disabilityexhibition will be on display.
If you have any accessibility requirements please let us know when booking a place.
Do you have an object or picture with a story behind it? Bring it along and share your memories.
Guest speaker: Suzanne Rose from the Mass Observation Archive.
Tuesday 25th November from 1:30pm to 4:00pm.
Haywards Heath Town Council, Room One, 40 Boltro Road, RH16 1BA.
Join in and share memories: bring along an object or picture to talk about. Guest speaker: Dame Philippa Russell, patron of Carers Support West Sussex.
Tuesday 2nd December from 10:00am to 12:30pm.
Maybridge Keystone Youth Club, Raleigh Way, Goring-by-Sea, BN12 6JD.
Come and learn a brief history of disability in the Chichester area since the 16th century witch trials. Guest speaker: Toby Hewson from Just Different, a charity that creates positive social attitudes towards disability and difference among children and young people.
Tuesday 9th December from 2:00pmto 4:30pm.
New Park Centre, New Park Road, Chichester, PO19 7XY.
My colleague and studio mate- photographer and artist Lorenza Ippolito, will be hosting a session Conversation Piece linking into the current exhibition at Fabrica gallery in Brighton this month, with a discussion about the seas and fishing with local fisherman Alan Hayes. It should be a good event. It’s free and refreshments are provided.
UPDATE: Unfortunately Alan Hayes will no longer be able to make the event on Monday. Instead, experienced speaker and Professor, Geoff Mead will be talking about Brighton and it’s seafront as a central leisure destination for millions of Briton in last hundred years. Please STILL join us to discover, some un-discorved secrets buried deep down in the pebbles of Brighton Beach.
Reef by Simon Faithful
Conversation Piece – A Personal History of Fishing in Brighton with Alan Hayes
17th November 2:30-4:00pm
A relaxed heritage-focussed discussion group, led by Lorenza Ippolito. Topics for conversation focus
on local history and debate, and draw on themes in the current exhibition. Each event welcomes a
local speaker with specialist knowledge on the theme of choice.
REEF by Simon Faithful is a unique collaboration between the artist, arts organisations, marine
industries and conservationists, divers and specialist technicians. It is a remote piece completely
imagined for the bottom of the sea. A boat, on it’s last journey, will become – in time – a reef and
will hopefully help strengthen an endangered ecosystem.
Seas and oceans are, in fact, vast ecosystems all on the brink of loosing the delicate balance which
allows them to exist. They are also a source of food for us, fishermen have been working off the
South Coast of Britain for centuries, often in dangerous waters, bringing back food.
But now with dwindling fish stocks and polluted oceans, do fishermen recognise the need for
regulation? How has the fishing industry changed? What did Brighton’s fishing community look like
50 years ago? And what does it look like now?
Join Lorenza Ippolito and Alan Hayes, fisherman born in Ship Street and Christened in the Church
which is now Fabrica Gallery, to take a look back at how fishing has changed in Brighton from the
last century to now.
Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage CIC is a community arts and heritage organisation based in Brighton, working across Sussex.