Let’s Not Forget Project – April

SESSION 1: In March/April Mary Seacole Housing Association put on an Introductory to Oral History training session. This session was for staff and residents to upscale their knowledge on how to capture and record oral history. The training session was put on by the Oral History Society, which came in and delivered a full-day training session.

Residents and staff all stated that they loved this session. It was mixed with both presentation and role-play. And taught them all the skills they need to conduct effective interviews, outlines the importance of different types of questions such as open and close questioning, and also gave them the opportunity to practice what they had learned by using role plays. In addition to this, the participants learned effective ways to take notes, how to use the recording equipment, and about all the documentation they need to get signed off prior to and after the recording.

Feedback from participants was that the session was extremely fun and informative. All participants were excited about the next session that will be held on the 11th of April 2022.

SESSION 2: Oral history interview skills training was held this month, this session was the second Oral History training session that has been held over the past couple of months. This session was used to practice interview skills by doing role play and listening to different interviews. we also look at the legality of recording and storing information and how to create relevant forms for interviewees.

Participants found this second session really good, they all stated that they loved the practice interviews that took place and enjoyed the role-play activities.

Oral History Session


Interviews have begun for our heritage project. This month we recorded Sydney Knight and Colvin Jones about their story. We can’t wait to share more with you all. 

Head back over to the main page to look at other months for this project.


This project has been made possible by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Thank you, lottery players and grant funders for taking part in making this project happen.