Oral History Volunteers

Are you a good listener? 

Chelmsford Museum is looking to recruit Oral History volunteers, who will help identify, record and transcribe personal histories of individuals who have migrated into Chelmsford from elsewhere in the world.

'Making Chelmsford Home' aims to celebrate Chelmsford's diversity by exploring the various reasons people have decided to settle in the City and their experiences of living here - whether they've lived here for 5 months or 50 years.

The project looks to recruit 6 volunteers who will work with the museum's Outreach & Activity Officer to find and interview participants who are happy to share their stories. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old, able to commit to the project for a minimum of 6 months (flexible hours and time commitment of around 3 hours per week) and have an interest in preserving the stories of Chelmsford's diverse residents.


No previous experience is necessary, as full training in oral history interviewing skills, recording equipment and transcribing (by Essex Record Office) will be provided.

The project will reimburse reasonable travel expenses for training, project meetings and oral history interviews.

This is an inclusive project and everyone is welcome. 


  • Accessibility
  • Data Protection policy
  • DBS check required
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 12/02/2019

End Date: 12/02/2020

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Availability Details

Flexible. 2-3 shifts per month.


Oaklands Park
Moulsham St,

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