Thames Festival Trust are looking for volunteers to help in archival research and oral histories for our upcoming heritage project Trinity Buoy Wharf. Industrial, maritime and community history.
You will be expected to volunteer a maximum of ten days spread between late-June and mid-August. The days will vary but be agreed in advance. Oral history interviews will take place in person and remotely. Archival research sessions will take place across July. You will take part in approximately one session per week.
You will be an integral part of the project helping with Oral History and Archival Research, including:
- Oral History: You will learn about the history of Trinity Buoy Wharf and the surrounding area to give context for interviews. Recording and preparing oral history interviews, asking people questions to find out about their experience of living and/or working in the area. These interviews will inform project outputs including exhibitions, short films, live talks and podcasts.
- Archive research: Looking through archive and historical documents and records for material to inform our project outputs. Recording findings. Materials will include historical images, photographs, film footage, newspaper articles, maps, oral history transcripts, parish records and diaries. The process of researching the archive will be documented and shared on our project website and social media.
You will be required to have access to an internet connection and computer/laptop to record oral history interviews.
Previous experience is not required, but an outgoing and inquisitive character will help, while an interest in heritage/museums/arts is a bonus.
- Download and read the full Volunteer Job Description
- Fill in our Equal Opportunities Form
- Deadline to apply: Mon 27 June.
Heritage Project Intern
Thames Festival Trust is looking for a Heritage Project Intern to work on two exciting heritage projects:
- Trinity Buoy Wharf. Industrial, maritime and community history, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust
- A Voyage Through Time: Harland & Wolff, on the history of the famous shipbuilders in the Royal Docks.
Thames Festival Trust is an arts organisation delivering festivals, stand-alone commissions, river-based events, heritage projects and education programmes. We have a twenty-one-year track record of using learning, culture, and creativity to amaze, excite and inform. Our work helps bring communities together, originally around the River Thames, and now in cities across the UK and the world. The Trust is committed to producing excellent work and we strive to improve access and increase diversity across the Arts & Culture sector.
From the early nineteenth century, a community began to grow around Trinity Buoy Wharf – bounded by the River Thames, Bow Creek, and the East India Docks. Beginning life as a maintenance depot for buoys and lightships, by the second half of the nineteenth century the surrounding Leamouth Peninsula was alive with industry. After a steady decline through the twentieth century, today the area is at the peak of a twenty-five-year period of regeneration spearheaded by Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust, ushering in a new age of creativity and maritime activity.
Harland & Wolff, the Belfast-based shipbuilders who built the Titanic, set up a shipyard at North Woolwich during the early 1920s, the biggest in London at the time. There the firm built a variety of working boats, as well as undertaking refits on bigger vessels such as warships. The yard closed during the early 1970s.
As heritage intern you will gain valuable experience through a wide range of day-to-day responsibilities. This will include helping to develop and deliver an events programme as part of Totally Thames 2022. You will play an active role in developing short films, online panel discussions, and an exhibition and booklet. You will contribute to evaluating our work, learning how heritage projects operate in the process. You will work with project stakeholders and local community groups, as well as supervising volunteers and students, and undertake research and project administration. You will be expected to work both independently and as part of a small team.
This internship is most suitable for someone looking to build a career in the arts and culture sector. A desire to learn will be essential, as well as an outgoing and inquisitive personality, IT literacy and strong communication and organisational skills.
Role & Responsibilities
- Assisting with development, promotion, and delivery of an events programme as part of Totally Thames 2022, including panel discussions, talks, walks, and live events.
- Assisting with writing blog posts, social media posts and press releases about project outputs.
- Gathering and processing feedback from project outputs for project evaluation and writing reports.
- Undertaking training in and recording oral history interviews.
- Researching community groups, venues, and outreach ideas and developing relevant links.
- Supervise archive research sessions with volunteers.
- Collate research undertaken by volunteers.
- Summary writing for oral history interview recordings.
- Liaise with various archives for accessioning of oral history interviews and other archival material.
- Upload archival photographs and other material to project website resulting from reminiscence sessions.
- Assist Project Manager with delivery and administration of project outputs.
- Assist the organisation and delivery of events as part of Totally Thames 2022.
- Undertaking other duties as may be reasonably required.
Terms & Conditions
- Salary/Fee: 11.05 per hour (London Living Wage)
- Contract: Part time internship, four days a week for a total of 18 weeks
- Working hours: 28 hours – excluding 1 hour lunch break – per week
How To Apply
- Deadline for applications: 5PM – Monday 16 May 2022
- Interviewees contacted: Tuesday 17 May 2022
- Interview date: Thursday 19 May 2022 via Zoom
- Start date: Monday 30 May 2022
- End Date: Friday 30 September 2022
- Download the full job description and read.
- Please email a covering letter (no more than two pages) setting out how your experience and skills match the requirements of this role.
- Please enclose your CV.
- Please complete our equal opportunities monitoring form at the link below.