This week, some of our volunteers and staff have been learning more about working creatively with people living with dementia and how to record the unique stories of ordinary people. Read on to find out more:
Your Memories- Oral History workshop
As part of the National Heritage Lottery Funded project ‘Stories and Treasures of Street and Dale’, staff and volunteers at Craven Museum are collecting the fascinating oral histories of people from the Craven community. Oral Histories are the stories of ordinary people and everyone has a unique story to tell. Staff and volunteers spent the day learning about the process so that they can start interviewing and recording stories themselves. We were joined by Louise Price, Heritage Freelancer and Part-Time Curator (George Marshall Medical Museum), who gave us an insight into the importance of oral histories and how best to record them.
We covered some of the ethics of recording and copyright issues, before moving on to interview techniques. We all had a go at interviewing ‘Sally’ and faced some of the issues that might present themselves when making a recording such as a noisy pet in the background or an overly helpful spouse! Our volunteers learnt about the importance of making sure their interviewee is comfortable and has an understanding of what their story will be used for. We also practiced using open questions that allow conversation to flow to get a good oral history.
In the afternoon, Louise talked us through transcribing the recordings we make. This will be a long process but it is really important that we have a written copy of the interview, in case the recording is lost and also to make copies that we can put on display in the gallery for people who might not be able to hear the recording.
We are really excited to have some new volunteers joining us on this project and can’t wait to go out and start recording your stories and memories! If you would like to take part, take a look at our website https://storiesandtreasures.wordpress.com/yourmemories/ or contact the museum on firstname.lastname@example.org 01756 706407
The Moving Museum training day
On Monday we had a training day for some of our staff, volunteers and new volunteer recruits! Ailsa Lewer from Pioneer Projects led a morning session ‘Introduction to Dementia’ and got us thinking about ways we are creative in our everyday lives. We also thought about how being creative can make people feel and which factors can sometimes stop us from being creative. In the afternoon session, we all had a go at making our own monoprint! This is a simple etching where ink is transferred from a plate to paper. We were really impressed with how they turned out!
The Moving Museum will have 6 sessions held around Craven for people living with dementia and their carers, to come along and be inspired by the museum collection to make their own monoprints. Even if people have never made a print before or thought of themselves as ‘creative’, they will discover their creativity and produce some amazing artwork that will be on display throughout Craven in December.
If you or someone you know would like to be involved in The Moving Museum, either as a volunteer to help facilitate the sessions or as a participant, contact Ailsa on 07835 503449 or Gemma at email@example.com