Apply to be an archive and oral history volunteer on our new Barking-based heritage project

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We're looking for volunteers to be part of The Barking Stink. Volunteers will research and record oral histories of people involved with and who have memories of Barking Creek’s rich industrial history, as well as researching the history of the area. Volunteer research and recordings will contribute to the creation of an upcoming exhibition, animated films made with local schools and an online archive for the public.

The Barking Stink, our new heritage project, will be a scented history of the hugely varied industrial past of the Barking Creek area, little known to residents and Londoners alike. It has been common practice for centuries to place noxious smelling industries down wind from the capital. From mid 19th century there was a period when this was concentrated around Barking Creek. From fisheries to rubber production, chemical works to fertilizer factories, Barking Creek may have been out of sight, but not out of mind, thanks to the smells emanating from the area.

Working with the Thames Festival Trust team, archive experts at Valence House Museum and curator and oral historian Jen Kavanagh, volunteers will be given extensive training in conducting oral history interviews, researching the history and using London archives.

If you’re interested in gaining new skills and learning about Barking Creek's history then we want to hear from you.

Volunteer availability:

We're looking for enthusiastic volunteers who can give around five days of their time between April and July.

All volunteers will need to attend an initial training session. The first is at Valence House Museum on Friday 29 March, and if you cannot make this date there will be alternatives offered.

Location: Valence House Museum, Barking and Dagenham. Volunteers must be able to organise their own travel to and from this location. Expenses will be reimbursed up to £12 per day.

How to Apply

Take a look at the Oral History Volunteer Role Description and complete the Application Form and Equal Opportunities form and return to Nikki at n.shaill@thamesfestival.org by Thursday 28 March 12pm.

Please note: this deadline has been extended from the original deadline of Monday 25 March.

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