Would you like to develop transferable heritage skills in a professional environment? Are you interested in helping to preserve heritage for future generations? The Islanders is an innovative heritage project offering opportunities to get involved this Spring and Summer.
Before 1850, the south of the area we now know as the London Borough of Newham was a bleak stretch of uninhabited marsh land which was occasionally used for grazing cattle. Some parts were up to ten feet below sea level, and frequently subject to flooding at high tide. Smuggling and illegal prize-fighting were also common in these lonely Thames-side marshes. In the nineteenth century, London's eastern boundary was at Bow Creek, where its noxious industries began to congregate. From shipbuilding, to silver, iron, oils, soap, rubber and manure, London’s industry was developing on the fringes of the city. Out of this industrial development grew communities we now know as Silvertown and North Woolwich.
In this project you will have the opportunity to record at least two oral history interviews with long-term residents of the area, as well as researching at Newham Archives & Local Studies Library to find photographs and other material that bring the area’s past to life. The work you do will form the basis of exhibitions taking place in September as part of Totally Thames festival and help to inform other project outputs such as a series of short films and the uploading of photos to Layers of London.
Full training and support will be given, including a full-day oral history workshop. Previous experience is not required, but an outgoing and inquisitive character will help, while an interest in heritage/museums/arts is a bonus.
Please note that you will be required to have access to an internet connection and computer/laptop to take part in training and to record oral history interviews. Please make sure you are available on the below dates before applying.
- Expenses including cover for travel, lunch and internet will be paid, £12 per day.
- Location: Online (oral history training and interviews) and Newham Archives & Local Studies Library (research).
- Project Induction: Monday 12 April 2021.
- Oral History Training: Monday 19 April 2021.
- Oral History Interviews: TBC – midweek from week commencing 19 April.
- Archive Research Sessions: Two groups of four will each undertake five weekly mid-week sessions between May and June.