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Eastside Community Heritage
Who we are

Eastside Community Heritage’s mission is to uncover the histories of people which would otherwise permanently be hidden from history; from working class communities, from the economically disadvantaged, from immigrant communities and from disabled people. It is these stories that ECH has sought, discovered, recorded, exhibited and published, highlighting their historical significance, and opened up heritage to new audiences. Today, our Hidden-Histories Archive contains over four thousand digitalized oral histories of Londoners and approximately 40,000 digital photographs. 

We’re looking for volunteers to support upcoming oral history projects, helping record interviews with community members across East London and transcribe fascinating social histories. In this role, you’ll take on two specific aspects – oral history interviews, which focuses on collection of stories, and transcribing, adapting our audio files to usable text for exhibitions and publications. These two tasks form help us add to our ever growing Hidden-Histories Archive. 

  • Transcribing Oral History Interviews 

  • Providing Support with the archiving of oral history in the London Peoples Archive 

  • Assisting with outreach events and exhibition launches 

  • Undertaking Oral History Training and conducting interviews 

  • Assist the public with basic enquiries and signposting.

Who will the volunteers be working with?
ECH staff, other volunteers and members of the public contributing to oral history collecting projects.
As well as an ongoing week day commitment, in order to undertake this role, you will need to be available on two weekdays for Oral History Training OR initially start transcribing for the first few months (In order to gain context otherwise gained in the two days of set training)

Time commitment

We require you to be available for at least 2-3 hours during the week days. Ideally a morning or an afternoon during the week would work best.

We reimburse travel expenses up to £8 (with receipts).
Application deadline

This organisation is one of our community partner organisations.

Like all volunteer recruiters we work with, they have signed up to our service standards, agreeing to abide by our policy on partnership working to keep you safe and supported whilst you volunteer.

You’ll never be out of pocket for volunteering through us – with in-London travel expenses to and from your volunteering guaranteed.

In addition, the team here at Students’ Union UCL Volunteering Service is here to support you throughout your volunteering journey – you can get in touch with us at any time.