Border Crossing Oral History Project: Hidden Histories – Discovering Indigenous London

OralhistoryBorder Crossings is looking for volunteers to help us with a pioneering Oral History project: ‘Hidden Histories – Discovering Indigenous London’.

Border Crossings is one of the leading intercultural theatre companies in London. Every two years we produce the Origins ‘Festival of First Nations’, recognised as the prime space in the UK where the work of indigenous artists is curated and shown with respect. The 2015 Festival was the most successful to date; initiating dialogue between First Nations cultures and London audiences,showcasing the finest artistic work produced by those cultures, and generating new ideas and debate around culture and society.

This is a wonderful opportunity for volunteers to be involved in a project exploring London’s indigenous heritage. Volunteers will benefit from a free three-day training course in Oral History and will record oral history interviews with key figures from indigenous communities living in London. Many indigenous cultures are based on oral traditions, with cultural knowledge being passed between generations through song, dance and storytelling. Processes of colonisation and migration can seriously undermine such traditions, and so recording and preserving oral history is of great importance in maintaining heritage, creating the potential for the revitalizing of these traditions in the future.

You will have the opportunity to conduct interviews with members of indigenous communities, looking at their heritage of migration and the adaptation of culture within the British context.

This is a great opportunity for individuals looking to learn about Oral History practices, develop interviewing skills and for those with particular interest in or affiliation with indigenous communities in London.

Training will take place on Sunday the 11th and 25th of October (third training date tbc).

In the sessions you will learn about:

• What is oral history?: understanding memory
• Getting started: aims and objectives, who to interview, question approaches, ethical issues
• An introduction to audio and video recording equipment
• Interview techniques: do’s and don’ts
• After the interview: summarising, transcription, copyright, archiving

Spaces are limited for training so get in touch if you are interested. Please contact project for more information.

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You can see previous examples of our Oral History work at

Border Crossings
Patron: Peter Sellars
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