‘Working Together: recording and preserving the heritage of the workers’ co-operative movement’ is an HLF funded project. The project aims to identify and make accessible records from some of the major UK workers’ co-operatives of the 1970s-1990s, together with co-operative support organisations, that are in danger of being lost. The project will involve finding material relating to these workers’ cooperatives, and ensuring where possible it is deposited either at the National Co-operative Archive, or in the relevant local county record office or public archive. The project also aims to capture oral histories of key individuals within the workers’ co-operative movement. To make this material more accessible the project will involve the digitisation of key records identified, to be included on the National Co-operative Archive website alongside case studies and learning resources. A number of exhibition panels will be created to be displayed at venues including the Rochdale Pioneers Museum.
By January 2017 the project will have located and collected a good amount of material so will be looking for volunteers to get involved in: listing and repackaging of collections, digitisation, and helping to create interpretative materials such as online learning resources. Volunteers may also want to assist with the oral history element of the project, through tasks such as the creation of summaries and transcripts of recordings.
Volunteer Duties: The Working Together project aims to identify and make accessible for the first time records from some of the major workers’ co-operatives of the 1970s-1990s, together with co-operative support organisations. An oral history element to the project will mean that recordings of the memories of some of those most involved in co-operatives during this period will be made and preserved for future use.
We are looking for volunteers to assist with providing full transcriptions of these oral history interviews. This will help ensure that the recordings are more accessible to researchers. Volunteers are also needed to assist with creating summaries for these oral history interviews. This will again will make the recordings more accessible and will form the basis of the catalogue entry for the interviews on the National Co-operative Archive catalogue.
Both the transcriptions and summaries will be uploaded with the oral history interviews to the National Co-operative Archive website.
Location: The volunteer duties are suitable for remote working. There is also an option for volunteers to complete this work at The National Co-operative Archive in Manchester.
Training Opportunities: Guidance will be provided by the project archivist in how to complete oral history transcriptions and summaries.
Expenses: N/A – remote working option
Minimum commitment level: Once a week
Start Date: 07-03-2018
Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 25-09-2018
End Time: 12:00 AM