Our volunteers attended four days of training between January and February, gaining insights into existing collections, archival practice, recording oral histories and receiving instruction on document handling and scanning. Between 25-30 volunteers attended each day which was a wonderful turn out. The group was always full of energy and ideas and it this commitment that will make Speak Out an exciting and dynamic project. It’s also been
Since the training was completed volunteers have started on individual activities. Some people have started their oral history recordings, some with the support of our oral historian, Clare Summerskill. We’re very much looking forward to hearing the first set of stories over the next few weeks.
Some volunteers have been making a start on exploring some existing records and uncovering relevant history from magistrates records. These records list cases but are not indexed. Our volunteers are working their way through the volumes, noting relevant information ready for the Speak Out website, which will launch in summer 2016. Other volunteers are coming in to work on the Drill Hall collections, so there is a lot going on.
On Saturday 14 February London Metropolitan Archives hosted the first of our Speak Out history share days. People dropped in and had their LGBTQ material scanned, shared some stories and asked lots of questions. Again, our Speak Out volunteers did a great job hosting and chatting to our visitors. It was a really lively day, with people coming forward with lots of ideas.